Edmund Fitzgerald anniversary highlights our desire to have Gordon Lightfoot behave badly
Would Gordon Lightfoot just make a sex tape, or go to rehab, or adopt a baby from a developing nation or something? Because we really hate invoking his name only on sad
occasions, such as a death hoax, or today's 35th anniversary of the wreck of the ship the Edmund Fitzgerald, a tragic story immortalized in the Canadian singer's signature ballad of the same name.
"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," which hit No. 1 in 1976, chronicles the deaths of 29 sailors during a massive storm on Lake Superior on this day in 1975. If you recall, the last time Lightfoot was gossip fodder was because of an erroneous report of his own death.
Incidentally, the Ministry isn't the only one with an eye on the singer: Toby Keith just covered Lightfoot's "Sundown" for his October release, "Bullets in the Gun."
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Left photos: The Split Rock lighthouse in Two Harbors, Minn., shines its beacon to mark the great Minnesota storms on Nov. 5. Usually the light is illuminated only on Nov. 10, in memory of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Credit: Paul M. Walsh / Country Today / Associated Press
Right photo: Singer Gordon Lightfoot.