Era Inducted To: Modern Era
If You Could Read My Mind has been covered over 100 times since 1969. It became an international success in 1971 and stormed into the Billboard charts Top 10. For a man that had written the entire If You Could Read My Mind album in an empty house, working seven days a week, 12 hours a day for an entire month, the success was well deserved. Lightfoot’s tireless dedication paid off when the recording yielded the best sales numbers of his career to that point – 350,000 albums sold and 750,000 singles of If You Could Read My Mind sold – and catapulted him onto the international scene. In 1975, Lightfoot re-recorded the song to reflect his current musical style for the album Gord’s Gold. The song enjoyed renewed success when it underwent a disco metamorphosis for the film 54 starring Neve Campbell, Ryan Phillippe and Mike Myers.
Cover Artists Include: Amber, Aurora UK, Connie Kaldor, Johnny Mathis, Olivia Newton-John, Stars on 54, Barbra Streisand