Gordon Lightfoot, “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” singer, dies at age 84

Gordon Lightfoot, “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” singer, dies at age 84

Gordon Lightfoot, Canada’s legendary people singer-songwriter whose hits embrace “Early Morning Rain” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” died on Monday, a consultant of his household mentioned. He was 84.

Representative Victoria Lord mentioned the musician died at a Toronto hospital. His explanation for loss of life was not instantly out there.

The Orillia, Ontario, native rose to fame within the early Sixties after a transfer to Toronto opened doorways within the thriving Yorkville music scene, and hooked him up with fellow people musician Ian and Sylvia Tyson. They grew to become nice admirers of his work and coated two of his tracks.

Gordon Lightfoot In Concert - Ocean City, NJ
Gordon Lightfoot performs in live performance at Ocean City Music Pier on July 18, 2022, in Ocean City, New Jersey.

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His 1965 debut album “Lightfoot!” ushered in a brand new people voice and by the flip of the last decade he eased quite effortlessly into the pop scene, making his first look on the Billboard chart with 1971’s “If You Could Read My Mind.”

Lightfoot’s recognition peaked within the mid-Seventies when each his single and album “Sundown” topped Billboard — his first and solely time doing so.

But his chart positions did little to sluggish him down within the last a long time of his profession when he constructed a status as one of many stalwart street musicians, regardless of numerous well being challenges.

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