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Gordon Lightfoot

The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

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  • 1970

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“The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” is a song that was written, composed, and performed by Canadian Gordon Lightfoot in commemoration of the sinking of the bulk carrier SS Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior on November 10, 1975. It was inspired by the Newsweek article on the event, “The Cruelest Month”, which appeared in the issue of November 24, 1975. The song originally appeared on Lightfoot’s 1976 album, Summertime Dream, and was later released as a single. The release hit #1 in his native Canada (on the RPM national singles survey) on November 20, 1976, almost exactly one year after the appearance of the article that inspired it. In the U.S., the single reached #2 on the Billboard’‘ pop chart in November 1976, making it Lightfoot’s second most successful single (in... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee ... The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down

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