BARRY HARVEY / Gordon Lightfoot's manager dies.

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Since: Apr 07

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#1 Dec 8, 2007
Just a few words. Im still having difficuty believing this. I can
still see him, this past May 11th, pacing the floor at The Moncton
Coliseum. Checking the large crowd on a hot friday evening. After the
concert I got a huge handshake, from Mr. Harvey and got to meet the
poet who I imagined to be a bit taller.

I talked twice on the phone with Barry Harvey. He made me laugh, and
I made him laugh as well. I remember telling him I can't beleive Im
actually talking with Gordon Lightfoot's manager. We talked a bit
more, and I remember telling him at the end of the conversation, that
Gordon was,'no big ego show off.' And he said," that's why people
love him so much." I agreed.

The second time, he returned my call. When I saw the Toronto telephone
number on my caller ID, I thought this can't be. Thinking it was
probably a secretary at EMP returning a message from Mr. Harvey. So
being a little nervous, I answered, Hello, on the other end, "Hi this
is Barry Harvey from the Gordon Lightfoot office." I knew right then
that my idol, Gordon Lightfoot had some friendly down to earth people
working for him.

I wont get into what the telephone conversation was about. But he had
received the CD that I convince a friend of mine, who is a good singer
songwriter from NB to send to EMP/ Barry Harvey. He told me, I
listened to it and I like it, and sort of pointed him in the direction
to what to do next. When I told him that he was however not nominated
for an East Coast Music Award, for that CD. I remember very well his
reply which was in a friendly tone, "Ah what do they know
anyway." (Laughing) We both had a good laugh...

So in ending this, it makes me think, we all have to go one day, and I
hope the day never comes that Gordon Lightfoot goes before
me...because, I cant imaging a world without Canada's greatest gift.
"The Poet Genius"...~gl~

I will never forget, Barry Harvey...

A Lighthead always,

~ Jesse Joe ~
Len Jaffe

Mechanicsville, VA

#2 Dec 14, 2007
I had the privilege of selling Gordon Lightfoot one of the two Gibson sunburst 12-string guitars he still uses for performance and recording in 1975. (It's the one with the upside-down bridge.) Through that transaction, I became friends with Lightfoot, and eventually with his entire staff of musicians and support people, including Barry. To say that these people treated me well is an understatement. So is it that Barry will be missed. I am absolutely devistated by Barry's premature passing, and whoever takes over as Lightfoot's personal and business manager for the duration of the singer's career has some very large shoes to fill. This was a totally unexpected occurance, and at this time of the year, it's doubly difficult to accept. My heart goes out to Barry's family, as well as everyone at Early Morning Productions, and anyone who knew Barry as a business associate and friend. They come no better.
Mike Pollina Truck driver

AOL

#3 Dec 14, 2007
Here I am in Phoenix starting my winter sabatical,got the news Barry was gone from a friend in the UP. of michigan.Still can't believe it.Just sent him a christmas card telling him to get the hell off the phone and take some time to himself...He always made me laugh.Always had time for a kind word.He once told me in Las Vegas that most people don't get it.Gord,I don't know how your dealing with this brother,I'm just taking it day by day....Say a prayer for his son and daughter,He loved you guys more than you know

Since: Apr 07

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#4 Jan 13, 2008
Len Jaffe wrote:
I had the privilege of selling Gordon Lightfoot one of the two Gibson sunburst 12-string guitars he still uses for performance and recording in 1975.(It's the one with the upside-down bridge.) Through that transaction, I became friends with Lightfoot, and eventually with his entire staff of musicians and support people, including Barry. To say that these people treated me well is an understatement. So is it that Barry will be missed. I am absolutely devistated by Barry's premature passing, and whoever takes over as Lightfoot's personal and business manager for the duration of the singer's career has some very large shoes to fill. This was a totally unexpected occurance, and at this time of the year, it's doubly difficult to accept. My heart goes out to Barry's family, as well as everyone at Early Morning Productions, and anyone who knew Barry as a business associate and friend. They come no better.
Hi Len Jaffey very interesting to know that you sold one of Gordon's 12 string Gibson b-45. I invite you to join Corfid. It's a discussion board on this great Poet Genius Gordon Lightfoot. There you can share your Lightfoot stories with many Lightfoot devotees. Go to: www.corfid.com and select a name can be your own. Then start posting. Hope to see you there.

Later,

Jesse Joe

Since: Apr 07

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#5 Jan 13, 2008
Hi Len Jaffe very interesting to know that you have sold to Gordon one of his 12 string Gibson b-45. If your not already a member, I invite you to join Corfid. It's a discussion board on this great Poet Genius. There you can share your Lightfoot stories with many Lightfoot devotees. Go to: www.corfid.com and select a name can be your own. Then start posting. Hope to see you there.

Later,

Jesse Joe
S Harvey

Brockville, Canada

#6 May 20, 2009
Mike Pollina Truck driver wrote:
Here I am in Phoenix starting my winter sabatical,got the news Barry was gone from a friend in the UP. of michigan.Still can't believe it.Just sent him a christmas card telling him to get the hell off the phone and take some time to himself...He always made me laugh.Always had time for a kind word.He once told me in Las Vegas that most people don't get it.Gord,I don't know how your dealing with this brother,I'm just taking it day by day....Say a prayer for his son and daughter,He loved you guys more than you know
As its about a year and a half since my dad died, I just noticed now that Mike was the guy who picked me out of a huge concert crowd out of thousands of people and had never even seen a picture of me before and he walked up to me saying are you Barry's daughter?? It was the wildest thing and I will never forget that!! You have said very kind words and over the past year and a half I still come to these various blog pages to see how everyone else remembers him.
Thanks!:)
S. Harvey
Jack P

AOL

#7 Jun 7, 2009
Hi Ms Harvey- I knew your dad well and miss him like everyone else. We got together at Lightfoot shows often, maybe 4 times a year since he started managing Gord. We often chatted by phone. I wrote a Ode to Barry Harvey poem called Tears of White and send copies to Gord's office for him and for your family. Hope you got to receive it. If not, email me.
We still think of him often and I will see Gord June 24th in MA and Aug 1 in NH.....it's just not the same without Harv.....
Thinking of you all...Dr Jack
email me at lytfut123@aol.com if you wish
Don Harder

Broomfield, CO

#8 Oct 4, 2009
I JUST learned today, October 4,2009, that Barry died after reading the Wikipedia info about Gordon. He died on my sister's birthday. I was shocked and saddened. I had known Barry, Gordon, and the rest of the band for years. Every time I seen a show, it was more like a family reunion than a concert. I have seen them 9 times so far since 1975. Number 10 will be October 6,'09 at Macky Auditorium in Boulder. In August 2007 the band was at Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder. Barry finally remembered me which, when you consider the thousands of fans he's talked to AND dealt with, meant a LOT to me. I hadn't seen them for a couple years. Barry was strictly business and VERY protective of Gordon. But once you got to know Barry, he was the coolest tour manager I ever had the pleasure to meet. I have a LOT of great memories of Barry. I WAS going to hit Barry for a comp ticket for Macky and I know I could have got one; that's the kind of person he was, gracious and generous, a REAL nice guy. Rest In Peace dear brother and friend. I'll see you in the next life. In the meantime, I'll toast to your memory, and THANK YOU for everything. Don donhar426@yahoo.com Westminster, Colorado
Rick McGrath

Kanata, Canada

#9 Oct 15, 2009
Len Jaffe wrote:
I had the privilege of selling Gordon Lightfoot one of the two Gibson sunburst 12-string guitars he still uses for performance and recording in 1975.(It's the one with the upside-down bridge.) Through that transaction, I became friends with Lightfoot, and eventually with his entire staff of musicians and support people, including Barry. To say that these people treated me well is an understatement. So is it that Barry will be missed. I am absolutely devistated by Barry's premature passing, and whoever takes over as Lightfoot's personal and business manager for the duration of the singer's career has some very large shoes to fill. This was a totally unexpected occurance, and at this time of the year, it's doubly difficult to accept. My heart goes out to Barry's family, as well as everyone at Early Morning Productions, and anyone who knew Barry as a business associate and friend. They come no better.
Hello Len,

You say that you sold GL one of the Gibson B-45 12 Strings that he uses. I have looked for one of those for years but could never find one that was still playable. Can you get back to me on this. I would like to discuss this further with you.

Rick McGrath
Ryan Harvey

Whitby, Canada

#10 Oct 23, 2009
Barry was my father and my best friend, not a day goes by when i dont think of him. Im glad my father touched so many people in his life and it makes me happy to see these comments on the net, my love to all of you,
Ryan Harvey

Whitby, Canada

#11 Oct 23, 2009
p.s ive played those gibsons
jason schweitzer

Canada

#12 Nov 26, 2009
Ryan Harvey wrote:
p.s ive played those gibsons
hey man sorry to hear about your dad. havent seen ya in a long time. i was just looking around on the web and saw this. sorry again and hope to see ya some time. sorry again and miss you guys in pickering. jason...
Don Harder

Broomfield, CO

#13 Dec 4, 2009
In Loving Memory of Barry Harvey on the second anniversary of his passing December 4, 2009. We miss you Brother, but we still have your memory of all the good times.
char

Scarborough, Canada

#14 Dec 5, 2009
Lightfoot concerts are just not the same without seeing Barry there..especially at Massey Hall..
He's missed terribly by many many fans who came to know him thru his generosity and kindness.
blessings to his family..rest easy Barry..
Char
whitby
S Harvey

Brockville, Canada

#15 Jan 5, 2010
Jack P wrote:
Hi Ms Harvey- I knew your dad well and miss him like everyone else. We got together at Lightfoot shows often, maybe 4 times a year since he started managing Gord. We often chatted by phone. I wrote a Ode to Barry Harvey poem called Tears of White and send copies to Gord's office for him and for your family. Hope you got to receive it. If not, email me.
We still think of him often and I will see Gord June 24th in MA and Aug 1 in NH.....it's just not the same without Harv.....
Thinking of you all...Dr Jack
email me at lytfut123@aol.com if you wish
Jack I had tried your email address a while back and it didn't work. You think you could post that poem. Because I don't think anyone every received it.
Thanks.
Virginia DeMasi

Garner, NC

#16 Jan 10, 2010
Dear Ryan,
It never replaces the person who is lost, but, just writing to tell you that I knew your father, talked to him on the phone from time to time regarding Gordon's touring schedule, and worked in radio in Albany, New York where he had some real diehard fans including me. Our station (WROW, Albany) had a strong preference for Gordon, and this is how I came to know your father. We had some grat conversations regarding the industry. My prayers for your Dad.- V. DeMasi
sonny

Boulder, CO

#17 Apr 15, 2010
Sorry to hear of the demise of Mr Harvey
I am interested in bringing Mr Lightfoot to Denver for a concert in the fall of 2010. Can you help me contact him or his management people?
Jesse-Joe wrote:
Just a few words. Im still having difficuty believing this. I can
still see him, this past May 11th, pacing the floor at The Moncton
Coliseum. Checking the large crowd on a hot friday evening. After the
concert I got a huge handshake, from Mr. Harvey and got to meet the
poet who I imagined to be a bit taller.
I talked twice on the phone with Barry Harvey. He made me laugh, and
I made him laugh as well. I remember telling him I can't beleive Im
actually talking with Gordon Lightfoot's manager. We talked a bit
more, and I remember telling him at the end of the conversation, that
Gordon was,'no big ego show off.' And he said," that's why people
love him so much." I agreed.
The second time, he returned my call. When I saw the Toronto telephone
number on my caller ID, I thought this can't be. Thinking it was
probably a secretary at EMP returning a message from Mr. Harvey. So
being a little nervous, I answered, Hello, on the other end, "Hi this
is Barry Harvey from the Gordon Lightfoot office." I knew right then
that my idol, Gordon Lightfoot had some friendly down to earth people
working for him.
I wont get into what the telephone conversation was about. But he had
received the CD that I convince a friend of mine, who is a good singer
songwriter from NB to send to EMP/ Barry Harvey. He told me, I
listened to it and I like it, and sort of pointed him in the direction
to what to do next. When I told him that he was however not nominated
for an East Coast Music Award, for that CD. I remember very well his
reply which was in a friendly tone, "Ah what do they know
anyway." (Laughing) We both had a good laugh...
So in ending this, it makes me think, we all have to go one day, and I
hope the day never comes that Gordon Lightfoot goes before
me...because, I cant imaging a world without Canada's greatest gift.
"The Poet Genius"...~gl~
I will never forget, Barry Harvey...
A Lighthead always,
~ Jesse Joe ~
sonny

Boulder, CO

#18 Apr 15, 2010
I am interested in bringing Mr Lightfoot to Denver for a concert in the fall of 2010. Can you help me contact him or his management people?
Len Jaffe wrote:
I had the privilege of selling Gordon Lightfoot one of the two Gibson sunburst 12-string guitars he still uses for performance and recording in 1975.(It's the one with the upside-down bridge.) Through that transaction, I became friends with Lightfoot, and eventually with his entire staff of musicians and support people, including Barry. To say that these people treated me well is an understatement. So is it that Barry will be missed. I am absolutely devistated by Barry's premature passing, and whoever takes over as Lightfoot's personal and business manager for the duration of the singer's career has some very large shoes to fill. This was a totally unexpected occurance, and at this time of the year, it's doubly difficult to accept. My heart goes out to Barry's family, as well as everyone at Early Morning Productions, and anyone who knew Barry as a business associate and friend. They come no better.
sonny

Boulder, CO

#19 Apr 15, 2010
Sorry to hear of the demise of Mr Harvey
I am interested in bringing Mr Lightfoot to Denver for a concert in the fall of 2010. Can you help me contact him or his management people?
Mike Pollina Truck driver wrote:
Here I am in Phoenix starting my winter sabatical,got the news Barry was gone from a friend in the UP. of michigan.Still can't believe it.Just sent him a christmas card telling him to get the hell off the phone and take some time to himself...He always made me laugh.Always had time for a kind word.He once told me in Las Vegas that most people don't get it.Gord,I don't know how your dealing with this brother,I'm just taking it day by day....Say a prayer for his son and daughter,He loved you guys more than you know
sonny

Boulder, CO

#20 Apr 15, 2010
Sorry to hear of the demise of Mr Harvey
I am interested in bringing Mr Lightfoot to Denver for a concert in the fall of 2010. Can you help me contact him or his management people?

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