Rick Haynes (Gordon Lightfoot)

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By Fran Festa

Bassist Rick Haynes of the Gordon Lightfoot Band may just have the longest running gig in popular music.

Born and raised in Toronto, Rick actually started out in the early 60’s on the piano, and was classically trained at the Royal Conservatory under the direction of his pianist mother. Later… he took up the guitar, leaning toward jazz and blues, and then grabbed a bass to help out some friends. He passed his audition with Lightfoot in 1968 and has been with the revered singer songwriter – recording artist since then.

Rick’s first LP with Gordon was the stellar ’69 release Sunday Concert. Fast forward to 2020 and Haynes has anchored 20 plus albums, hit singles, and thousands of concert performances.

The consummate song player, check out Rick Haynes as he supports Gordon with a combination of pocket grooves and countermelodies – rendered with a warm, resonant tone which serves the singer and his songs:

“If You Could Read My Mind” https://youtu.be/23nUU1xxx3s

“Baby Step Back” https://youtu.be/Zl8CqCmSqcw

BBC In Concert – taped in 1971 https://youtu.be/PEVQiUMbvHU

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Over the years, Rick has been seen mostly with his vintage Fender Precision basses, though he has used Fender Jazz, MusicMan StingRay, and a Kramer Focus.

More recently, Rick has returned to the P with a newer Fender American Deluxe Precision.

When he’s not touring or doing TV appearances, Rick listens to old blues, he digs old cars, and probably best, hangs out with the grandchildren.

All richly deserved after his amazing fifty-two-year stint – and counting – with Canada’s finest export!

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