Thursday, November 12, 2015

Gordon Lightfoot recalls the night of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald's sinking

 Published Tuesday, November 10
     Forty years ago today, the SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank during a fierce storm on Lake Superior, killing all 29 men aboard.
    That same night, on Nov. 10, 1975, Canadian folk icon Gordon Lightfoot was working a new album while squatting in an abandoned home in Toronto.
    In an interview with CTV Barrie, Lightfoot recalls that it was a "cold and windy" evening in the city and the windows of the home were shaking.
    Lightfoot said he went downstairs for a coffee and flipped on the TV to see a news report about the American freighter sinking three hours earlier.
    It was a moment that left a last impression on him and eventually inspired him to write "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," which became a Number 1 hit in Canada and peaked at Number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart...Continue reading...

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