John Stockfish, the original bassist for Canadian folk artist Gordon Lightfoot, has passed away of natural causes in his hometown of Windsor, Ontario. He was 69.
Stockfish trained at the Royal Conservatory of Music, but honed his chops by touring North America and Europe with Tommy Danton and the Echoes. It was in 1965 that he connected with Lightfoot led to his bass work being featured on the songs “Sundown,” “Black Day in July,” and “Song For a Winter’s Night.”
Stockfish later went on to work with Jim Croce, Tommy Hunter, Dan Hill, Mel Torme, Cab Calloway and others before getting into Nashville’s music publishing business.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of John Stockfish.