Song of the Day, February 24: The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot

LightfootWreckToday’s song is an unlikely smash. For his wonderful 1976 album Summertime Dream, Gordon Lightfoot left behind railroad odes for a tribute to a ship. Inspired by the storm-tossed sinking of a great lakes freighter, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald is a moving tribute. Lightfoot shows off his ballad skills at their best, building a tale of mythic proportions. Clocking in at six-and-a-half minutes, the song’s length and subject didn’t seem likely to catch fire at the start of the disco era. Lightfoot’s stirring delivery and emotional sincerity caught on, however, and the song shot to #2 in the U.S. and #1 in Canada.

Enjoy this great song today.

About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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