Cathy Smith, the onetime sweetheart of artist lyricist Gordon Lightfoot who may have been best associated with rousing the hit melody “Twilight” had she not got together with John Belushi at the Chateau Marmont on March 5, 1982, kicked the bucket Aug. 18 at 73 years old.
Her passing was accounted for by Canada’s The Globe and Mail. The long-term inhabitant of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, had been on oxygen and in bombing wellbeing the previous scarcely any years, the paper said.
Smith, who had been a back-up artist (and intermittent medication provider) to the Canadian rockers who might later turn into The Band (she asserted “The Weight” was motivated by her), confessed to infusing Belushi with the heroin and cocaine that prompted his demise at age 33. In a 1986 request deal, she argued no challenge to automatic homicide and a few medication charges and carried out a 15-month jail punishment at California Institution for Women. Upon discharge, she was expelled to her local Canada, where she allegedly accepting work in Toronto as a lawful secretary.
Until Belushi’s demise, Smith was known in awesome music hovers for singing back-up for Levon Helm, Rick Danko and Richard Manuel, later establishing individuals from The Band, and in the mid 1970s turning into Lightfoot’s better half and dream. Lightfoot composed the #1 1974 hit “Nightfall” about his wild, extramarital and periodically rough relationship with Smith, the dim verses covered by a lilting, soul-filled song: “Dusk you better fare thee well/If I discover you been creepin’ ’round my back steps.”
In the last part of the 1970s, Smith was a back-up artist for nation star Hoyt Axton, and, as indicated by “Wired,” Bob Woodward’s 1984 account of Belushi, offered medications to the Rolling Stones’ Ron Wood and Keith Richards. Despite the fact that she had quickly met Belushi when Lightfoot showed up on “Saturday Night Live” in 1976, she became reacquainted with the comic through her dealings with Wood and Richards.
Smith was depicted by Patti D’Arbanville in chief Larry Peerce’s 1989 film variation of Woodward’s “Wired” featuring Michael Chiklis as Belushi.
Smith was immediately criticized for her job in Belushi’s demise (an assessment that was to a great extent stayed away from by Belushi’s male medication amigos, including companions Robin Williams and Robert De Niro, both of whom supposedly grunted cocaine with the joke artist the evening of his passing, as indicated by Shawn Levy’s 2019 book “The Castle on Sunset”).
Be that as it may, in any event one old companion stayed faithful. In a meeting this week with The Globe and Mail, Lightfoot stated, “Cathy was an incredible woman. Men were attracted to her, and she used to make me envious. However, I don’t have an awful comment about her.”