Big Numero Uno Sixties single -- A C&W legend covered by Neil Young -- Another reason to love Canada (besides Neil, that is) -- We agree: it's a slightly weird Coffee Break Calendar for your Tuesday morning, just how you like it...

Gordon Lightfoot; Live 8 concert, Barrie, Canada, July 2005. (Photo: Donald Weber/Getty Images)

11/17/1962 (58 years ago today) - The Four Seasons start five weeks at No. 1 with "Big Girls Don't Cry", their second chart topping single of the year ("Sherry" was No. 1 for two weeks back in  August). He's probably a nice guy 'n all, but sometimes Frankie Valli's falsetto is like nails on a chalkboard...

11/17/2003 (17 years ago today) - Country legend Don Gibson passed away from natural causes at age 75 -- Who? Here's what you need to know: Don's nickname was "The Sad Poet" because his most popular compositions were about loneliness and lost love, most notably "I Can't Stop Loving You" by Ray Charles and "Sweet Dreams" by Patsy Cline -- Blimpville knows him best through Neil Young's version of "Oh Lonesome Me" on "After The Gold Rush", but his 1969 duets album with Dottie West ("Dottie And Don") is absolutely worth seeking out too, a superb set of songs that set a very high standard for C&W that still sound fresh and heartfelt today. Don Gibson was quite alright actually...

11/17/1938 - He's one of Bob Dylan's Top 3 favorite songwriters: Happy Birthday to Gordon Lightfoot, 82 years old today -- An amazing catalog of original compositions ("Early Morning Rain", "If You Could Read My Mind", "Sundown", "Carefree Highway", "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald"), along with a big, big, huge, huge, huge list of renowned international artists who have recorded his songs (Elvis, Johnny Cash, The Kingston Trio, Harry Belafonte, Eric Clapton, John Mellencamp, The Irish Rovers, Nico, Paul Weller, and many more) making Gordon one of the most important songwriting artists of all time. Yes, that's a fact. Plus he's from Canada, so we love him even more...

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