About the song
Welcome to my blog, where I share my passion for music and its history. Today, I want to talk about one of my favorite songs of all time: Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel.
Bridge Over Troubled Water is the title track and the final song of Simon & Garfunkel’s fifth and last studio album, released in January 1970. The song was written by Paul Simon, who was inspired by a gospel song called Oh Mary Don’t You Weep. He wanted to create a comforting song for his partner Art Garfunkel, who was going through a difficult time.
The song became a huge hit, reaching number one in several countries, including the US, the UK, Canada, France and New Zealand. It also won five Grammy Awards in 1971, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year. It is widely considered as one of the greatest songs ever written and recorded.
The song features a beautiful piano accompaniment by Larry Knechtel, a prominent session musician who also played with Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys and The Mamas & The Papas. The vocals are mostly sung by Art Garfunkel, who delivers a powerful and emotional performance. Paul Simon only joins him in harmony at the end of the song.
The song has been covered by many artists over the years, such as Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Eva Cassidy and Josh Groban. It has also been used in many movies, TV shows and events, such as The Pursuit of Happyness, Forrest Gump, The West Wing and the 9/11 memorial service.
I hope you enjoyed this introduction and learned something new about this amazing song. If you want to listen to it, you can find it on YouTube or Spotify. Let me know what you think of it in the comments below. Thanks for reading!