Gordon Lightfoot’s “Wreck of the Fitzgerald: Lyrics” was broadcast

Editor’s note: Gordon Lightfoot’s 1976 film, “The Wreck of Edmund Fitzgerald” resonated especially in Detroit. This story appeared on Page Three of the Free Press on September 5, 1976.

The Chippewa legend lives on down

From the large lake they named it Gitche Gumee

It is said that the lake never gives up its dead

When the november sky turns gloomy

Long and moody, the song is an unexpected hit in the highly competitive world of popular music. But in Detroit and other Great Lakes cities, it is now one of the loudest records on AM radio.

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