Gordon Lightfoot
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"Gordon Meredith Lightfoot, Jr." is a Canadian singer-songwriter who achieved international success in Folk music/folk, folk-rock, and country music/country music, and has been credited for helping define the Folk music/folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He has been referred to as Canada's greatest songwriter and internationally as a folk-rock legend.

Lightfoot's songs, including "For Lovin' Me", "Early Morning Rain", "Steel Rail Blues", "Ribbon of Darkness"—a number one hit on the U.S. country chart with Marty Robbins's cover in 1965— and the 1967 Detroit riot-generated "Black Day in July" brought him international recognition in the 1960s. He experienced chart success in Canada with his own recordings, beginning in 1962 with the #3 hit Me) I'm the One". Lightfoot's recordings then made an impact on the international music charts as well in the 1970s, with songs such as "If You Could Read My Mind (song)/If You Could Read My Mind" (1970) (#5 on the US chart), "Sundown (Gordon Lightfoot song)/Sundown" (1974), "Carefree Highway (song)/Carefree Highway" (1974), "Rainy Day People" (1975), all reaching #1, and "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" (1976) (#2).

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All that remains is the faces and the names of the wives and the sons and the daughters.

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

I've outlasted just about everybody at Warner Brothers, ... one more off the new record.

[The tragedy and its remembrance, fueled by the ballad] The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald ... We are holding our own.

[4.] 10 Degrees and Getting Colder ... Summer Side of Life.