Chart Position: 1

  • #1 bestseller for 1970
  • Won record of the year, song of the year, and best contemporary song Grammy awards
  • #47 on Rolling Stone magazines list of 500 greatest songs
  • Lead vocals: Art Garfunkel
  • Backing vocals: Paul Simon
  • Paul Simon wrote the song in 1969 in the same house in Los Angeles that George Harrison wrote ‘Blue Jay Way’ for the Beatles
  • The title is based on Claude Jeter’s  song ‘Mary Don’t You Weep’ (1958) which has the line ‘I’ll be your bridge over deep water if you’ll trust in me’
  • The third verse was a late addition during the recording of the song
  • The instrumental track was recorded in Los Angeles CA
  • The vocal track for the first two verses was recorded in New York City NY
  • The vocal track with both Simon and Garfunkel (third verse) was recorded in Los Angeles
  • Piano: Larry Knechtel
  • Produced by Roy Halee and Simon and Garfunkel
  • Simon regretted allowing Garfunkel to sing two of the verses solo
  • BMI in 1999 named this the 19th most performed song of the 20th century
  • Simon has said the 3rd verse was a joke at the expense of his then-girlfriend Peggy Harper, who had recently been despondent over finding her first grey hairs
  • Later recorded by Paul Desmond (1970), Linda Clifford (1979), Ronnie Dyson (1970), Aretha Franklin (1971), Bill Medley (1970), Jim Nabors (1970), Quincy Jones (1970), Gladys Knight & the Pips (1971), Glen Campbell (1970), Shirley Bassey (1971), Elvis Presley (1970), Buck Owens (1971), Ventures (1970), Shadows (1979), Tommy Steele (1979), Smokey Robinson & Miracles (1970), Jackson Five (1970), King’s Singers (1989), Cilla Black (1971), Willie Nelson (1982), Wanda Jackson (1971), Candi Staton (1997), Barbara Mason (1970), Johnny Mathis (1970), King Curtis (1970), Aaron Neville (2000), Clay Aiken (2003), Bonnie Tyler (1995), LeAnn Rimes (1997), Giorgia (1995), Sofie (2007), Roberta Flack (1971), Supremes (1970), Tommy Steelse (1979), Barry Manilow (2007), Annie Lennox (2007), Johnny Cash & Fiona Apple (2002), Bobby Womack (1999) and many more

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