“Bridge Over Troubled Water” Performed by Simon & Garfunkel (1970) and Aretha Franklin (1971)

January 7, 2010


The successful Sixties pop duo, Simon & Garfunkel,  continued on into the Seventies with this number #1 Adult Contemporary and #1 Billboard Hot 100 song written by Paul Simon. It appeared on the duo’s  last LP, of the same name,  that also topped the charts at #1

Paul supposedly wrote this ballad, in the summer 1969,  influenced by Reverend Claude Jeter and the Swan Silvertones gospel group (one of my favorites gospel groups BTW).  More specifically,  in the song “Oh, Mary Don’t You Weep for Me, ”  Jeter improvises the line  “I’ll be your bridge over deep water if you trust in my name.”

Please enjoy this live version of the original song  from YouTube. The song won  both the 1970  Grammy Record of the year and Album the year in 1970

Aretha Franklin’s cover of this reverent song went on to top the R&B charts  at #1 and ranked #6 Pop. Isn’t it remarkable how Aretha makes every song she sings her own. I would consider her one of the greatest artists of my lifetime and this century for that matter!

Enjoy this awesome live performance video and marvel at Aretha’s piano playing. This woman has been blessed with remarkable talents.

Aretha won the  1972 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for this song, from her “Aretha Live at Filmore West” LP.

I love both the original and Aretha’s cover. But which is your top pick?

Musically Yours,

Updated 1/24/09

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