It always comes around again on the guitar …

Mac McLanahan, my musical friend and organizer of the Rose Garden Coffeehouse in Mansfield, Mass., is a longtime fan of Gordon Lightfoot. He has followed Gordon over many years, has met him, and every now and again pulls a black and white photo gem from his archives. He agreed to share one with us:

Gordon Lightfoot\'s band, featuring, from left, Rick Haynes, Gordon and Red Shea. Photo by Samuel \"Mac\" McLanahan.

“You’re not going to believe this one. Back in 1969, I took a black and white photo of Gordon with his band that consisted of Rick Haynes, Red Shea, and himself. Two and a half years ago I made two nice black and white prints of it and gave them to Rick Haynes at one of the shows. Rick has been with Lightfoot nearly 30 years. I asked if he could get Gord and Red to add their signatures along with his. When I’ve seen Rick after subsequent shows, I’ve gently given him a hard time for not being able to get the job done. He always said Red was not well, didn’t live close to him, and it was hard to get out to see him.

“Finally, about two weeks ago, I got a package in the mail from Rick containing the two photos beautifully signed by all three with a silver pen … Red Shea died on Monday, [June 9, 2008]. Apparently the Lightfoot band was talking about Red before their show in Toledo last night and Rick believes these may have been the last autographs Red ever gave.

“Red Shea was a great guitar player and defined the early Lightfoot sound. I’m so glad to have this very personal memento.”

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~ by folkmaster on June 11, 2008.

One Response to “It always comes around again on the guitar …”

  1. Mac is a great asset to the folk community.
    He not only has taken fantastic photos of our heros but also has taken the time to amass a collection of live recordings that encompass some of the very best performers to come to this area.
    Thanks Mac!

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