Wednesday, July 24, 2024

RIP Gordon Lightfoot, 84, Hits Included “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” “Wreck of Edmund Fitzgerald”


RIP Gordon Lightfoot, 84, a national treasure in Canada, a man with a lot of hits and millions of fans in the United States.

Lightfoot’s hit, “If You Could Read My Mind” was so pervasive that part of it actually found its way into “The Greatest Love of All.” The song remains a classic.

His other hits included “Sundown,” a massive number 1 in 1975, and the very long story song, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. It was the singer’s deep tenor set against strong folk melodies that made him standout on the radio. He was unique, which made him a huge star. God bless.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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