Legendary Canadian folk singer Gordon Lightfoot died Monday at the age of 84,
we're looking back at one of his most popular hits, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."
The song was released in August 1976, less than a year after the freighter
sank in Lake Superior in November 1975.
It rose to the top of the Canadian charts and reached No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100
Lightfoot "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" was the song he was most proud of.
According to that article, Lightfoot first read the story of the Edmund Fitzgerald in a Newsweek Magazine article,
then pulled out his guitar and wrote the song.
Also in 2010, Lightfoot began changing the lyrics a bit for live performances after seeing
new evidence about the Fitzgerald's sinking in a documentary series.