Bridge Over Troubled Water (favorite songs list)
Billkozy on 02/28/2017
|This February 28th, 2017, is the 47th anniversary of Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" hitting #1 on the Hot 100, where it stayed for six weeks, longer than any other that year (1970).|
In the documentary, "The Making of Bridge Over Troubled Water", songwriter Paul Simon said, "I have no idea where it came from. It came all of a sudden. It was one of the most shocking moments in my songwriting career. I remember thinking, 'This is considerably better than I usually write.'"
Initially Simon wrote just two verses for the song, considering the song "a little hymn." But lead singer for this song, Art Garfunkel, and the song's producer, Roy Halee, heard a more epic potential for it, and convinced Simon to write a third verse, which he did in the studio. After the more grand production, Paul thought it was too long, too slow and too orchestral-sounding to be a hit. Columbia Records' Clive Davis, though, felt positive about the commercial appeal of it, and pushed for a big marketing approach and said they should use the song as the album's title.
Bridge Over Troubled Water would go on to win five Grammy Awards: Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Contemporary Song, Best Engineered Record, and Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists. And the album also won Album of the Year.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame honored Bridge Over Troubled Water in 2010 with its Towering Song Award. Art Garfunkel said at the ceremony: "Well, here we are, years later, I'm still singing it from town to town, and it's completely alive and fresh to me. There is nothing dated, or any feeling of the past - I love doing it. Thank the Lord the feeling - the goosebumps - constantly checks in every time I do it."
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