Chart Position: 2

  • Written by Gordon Lightfoot
  • Guitar: Gordon Lightfoot, Red Shea
  • Produced by Lenny Waronker and Gordon Lightfoot
  • Recorded in Toronto Canada
  • Based on a true story involving the Canadian freighter Edmund Fitzgerald
  • The Edmund Fitzgerald tanker from Canada sank in Lake Superior during a fierce storm in Nov 1975; the entire crew perished
  • In concerts Lightfoot no longer sings that the “main hatchway gave in” as he read further research on the sinking that indicated there was no crew error involved
  • Later recorded by Tony Rice (1983)


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