February 21, 2011, updated April 17th — Terry Clements, lead guitar player for Gordon Lightfoot for four decades, passed away on February 20th.
Clements suffered a stroke 10 days earlier, and had been in a coma. A special memorial service was held on April 10th in Toronto, attended by family, friends, bandmates, musician friends and fans. Ed Ringwald, aka Peewee Charles, recorded Amazing Grace especially for the memorial, a song which was a favorite to play for Terry and his family. If you'd like to hear Peewee's recording playing the dobro, with his good friend Shane Guse on fiddle, click here (mp3 file).
Lightfoot's first tour segment - starting March 15th - went on as scheduled, with a new lead player.
Not only was Terry an extraordinary guitar player, but he was a lovely man as well. I will miss him. The personal photo here, taken after a show in 2002, is one which I will always treasure.
Hamilton guitar player Carter Lancaster replaced Terry Clements in the band. Read interview: Guitarist Carter Lancaster set to debut as lead Lightfoot guitarist in Greensboro.
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