The first time I heard Simon and Garfunkel's spectacular #1 hit record "Bridge Over Troubled Water" nearly 40 years ago I was positively mesmorized. I thought to myself that this just might be the finest lead vocal performance I had ever heard. I have not changed my opinion all these years later. Certainly this is an incredible tune in its own right and literally hundreds of artists have recorded it over the years. But no one can sing "Bridge Over Troubled Water" like Art Garfunkel. If ever a tune will bring tears to your eyes this is it.
"Bridge Over Troubled Water" is a song about abiding loyalty and passionate true-blue friendship. I suspect that each and every one of us crave a relationship like the one depicted in this tune. It still sends chills up my spine each and every time I hear it. Paul Simon's haunting lyrics are simply brilliant and Art Garfunkel's interpretation is just perfect. I invite you to click on the link below and enjoy Art Garfunkel in his prime belting out this unforgettable song. Few vocalists can deliver a tune with the power and passion that Art Garfunkel did on that day so many years ago. In my humble opinion this is THE BEST vocal performance in the history of rock and roll! Enjoy!
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"Bridge over Troubled Water" is the title song of Simon & Garfunkel's final album together, released January 26, 1970, though it also appears on the live album "Simon & Garfunkel, Live 1969." It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on February 28, 1970, and stayed at the top of the chart for six weeks. "Bridge over Troubled Water" also topped the adult contemporary chart in the U.S. for six weeks.
This song's recording process exposed many of the underlying tensions that eventually led to the breakup of the duo after the album's completion. Most notably, Paul Simon has repeatedly expressed regret over his insistence that Art Garfunkel sing this song as a solo, as it focused attention on Garfunkel and relegated Simon to a secondary position. Art Garfunkel initially did not want to sing lead vocal, feeling it was not right for him. "He felt I should have done it," Paul Simon revealed to Rolling Stone in 1972.
Garfunkel said that the moment when he performed it in Madison Square Garden in 1972 was "almost biblical."
In recent performances on the "Old Friends" tour, Simon and Garfunkel have taken turns singing alternate verses of the vocal.