FlinterFile: Simon & Garfunkel- Bridge Over Troubled Water
This song could be seen as the masterpiece of Simon & Garfunkel, though Paul Simon didn’t sing on it.He did write the song, initially as a little gospel hymn. As he was working on it, he thought the opening was too simple, but kept it like that. When he played it for Art Garfunkel and their producer, they heard a big, epic song in it and wanted Simon to write a third verse (the part that starts with Sail on, silver girl). He did so in the studio, having his girl friend Peggy in mind, when she discovered a few gray hairs. The song was reworked to a piano song and inspired by the Wall of Sound from Phil Spector, the orchestration was made. However, when the song was finished, Paul Simon thought it was too long, too slow and too orchestral. The record compagny didn’t think so and saw a big hit in the song, which it would be: it hit number 1 in both the US and the UK, and was later covered by artists like Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin. Enjoy
Simon & Garfunkel- Bridge Over Troubled Water
Posted on December 21, 2017, in 1970-1979, FlinterFiles Song Archive and tagged 1970, bridge over troubled water, FlinterFiles Song Archive, gospel, Music, number 1, phil spector, seventies, simon & garfunkel, wall of sound. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.