Today’s music video is Protocol from Canadian singer songwriter Gordon Lightfoot.
This video was posted to You Tube by attaremad
Gordon Lightfoot has had what can only be described as a remarkable career in the music industry. Still performing currently, at the age of 73, that career has spanned more than 50 years.
While he didn’t gain popular and International acclaim as a solo artist in his own right until the late 60′s early 70′s, he was huge in his homeland Canada, and also as a composer for what can only be described as the biggest names in music from the 50′s through to the 70′s and onwards from there. He wrote songs for Elvis, Marty Robbins, Judy Collins, Johnny Cash, Peter Paul and Mary, Glen Campbell, Anne Murray, and a host of others. In Canada, he is considered a National Treasure.
In 1976, Gordon released his 12th Studio album titled Summertime Dream. From that album the song released as a single was a gamble really, but one that paid off. That song was the immensely popular song, and a huge hit, The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald, a song about the sinking of the large bulk carrier of the same name on Lake Superior. Why the song was a gamble was that the album version went for six and a half minutes, long considered too long for radio airplay. While the song was edited for the single release, it was still just on that 6 minute mark. That didn’t really matter, as the song became a huge hit.
The album itself was filled with such wonderful songs. I purchased that LP for my collection mainly for that one song, and as was the case with most albums I did have, other songs on the album became my favourites. All the songs are just so good that it is difficult to single out just one of them, but the song I have featured today is one that I particularly like.
While Gordon Lightfoot may only be remembered for some songs that have become hits during his solo career, the list of songs and other artists and bands have have recorded his songs written for them is a veritable who’s who of the biggest names in modern music.
The only clips of that song The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald just have images of the ship itself, and there are none of Gordon performing this famous song, so rather than just Post one of those videos here with just the image of the ship I’ll just provide a link to one of those videos at the You Tube site. It’s just such an amazing song, and one that is always worth listening to.