Gordon Lightfoot and Terry Whelan formed the duo (originally called The Two Timers) in 1960 and, looking to get a gig at the Mariposa Folk Festival (which was the big festival in all of North America at that time), were told by Estelle Klein (The "Queen Mum" of Canadian Folk Music and Artistic Director of the Mariposa Folk Festival) that they only booked artists that have record LP's", so they got a hold of Art Snider, picked up Howie Morris to play bass, grabbed a reel-to-reel tape recorder and recorded this album of mostly traditional folk tunes. And they did indeed get the gig at the Mariposa Folk Festival, playing as the Tu-Tones later in 1962!
Gordon Lightfoot's (born in Orillia, Ontario in 1938) legendary and iconic career has spanned six decades and is comprised of 21 original albums, which sold in excess of ten million copies. This recording was his first foray onto vinyl (he always said that he preferred live performances). It occurred on a cold stormy night on January 20th, 1962 after an ice storm, at The Village Corner, in Toronto, Ontario. Gordon Lightfoot was 24 years old and was partnered with his long time collaborator Terry Whelan (born Washago, Ontario). The Two Tones had 250 appearances on the CBC's Talent Caravan, While We're Young, and Country Hoedown between 1960 and 1963.
Two Tones also released two non-album 45's in 1962: 'Lessons in Love b/w Sweet Polly' on Quality 1395X and a rare spoken word advertisement 'Station Breaks b/w Safety Checks' on Quality Special 1-62. Hear the safety check tracks here: http://mocm.ca/Music/Title.aspx?TitleId=305081
Later that year, Lightfoot recorded his first two solo 45's: 'Daisy-Doo b/w (Remember Me) I'm the One' on Chateau C 142 and 'Negotiations b/w It's Too Late, He Wins' on Chateau C 148.
The album features the earliest version of the song "This is My Song", which was later re-issued on "Early Lightfoot" on AME Records AME 7000 IN 1971.