One of the giants of North American folk music has died. Gordon Lightfoot passed away yesterday in Toronto, Canada, at the age of 84.
It's almost impossible to overstate his musical influence. From early hits such as "Early Morning Rain" and "Ribbon of Darkness", through his iconic "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald", to "Ghosts of Cape Horn", he delighted audiences and cemented his place in music history.
I'll have more to say about his life in next Sunday's music post. For now, I'll salute him with the original version of "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald", a timeless piece that's never grown old.
Rest in peace, sir. You made the world a better, happier place for many of us.