Paul Simon had a strong reaction when Elvis Presley covered one of Simon & Garfunkel’s songs. This gave Simon a look at Simon & Garfunkel’s version of the track. Despite this, audiences loved the original track for the cover of Elvis.
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Rolling stone In 1972 John Landau interviewed Simon. Simon discussed Simon & Garfunkel in retrospect. He revealed that the two did not always write their songs together.
One of the songs Simon wrote on his own was “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” was written while [Garfunkel] was away,” Simon recalled. “He’ll come back and I’ll say, ‘Here’s a song I just wrote, ‘Trouble Over Trouble Water.’ I think you should sing it.”
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Simon revealed why he provided vocals for “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, while Art Garfunkel did not. “If I say, ‘We’ll do it with a gospel piano and it’s written in your key, then you have the song,’ it was her right to say in partnership, ‘I don’t want to do this song,’ as he said. ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water,’” Simon recalled.
Elvis Presley recorded a ‘dramatic’ version of the song
Rolling stone Report Simon later heard Elvis’ “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. He felt that King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s interpretation of the track was dramatic. “But so was the song,” he said. “When I first heard Elvis perform ‘Bridge Over Trouble Water,’ it was unbelievable. I thought to myself, ‘How can I fight this?’”
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The way the world reacted to Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and Elvis Presley’s version of the song
The public reacted very differently to Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and Elvis’ cover. Simon & Garfunkel’s version became one of the biggest hits of the two. This one tops them all billboard hot 100, remained on the charts for 14 weeks. original album of the song, bridge over Troubled WaterMILF Tops billboard 200, remained on the chart for 87 weeks. It was the most successful of Simon & Garfunkel’s albums.
Simon told Rolling Stone that he found some solace in the fact that Simon and Garfunkel parted ways after the release of “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. “From that perspective, I’m glad I didn’t have to write the Simon & Garfunkel follow-up to ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water,’ which I think would have been an inevitable let-down for people,” Simon said. “It would have been hard on me, hard on both of us.”
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Elvis released his cover of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” on the album. it’s just that. His version of the song did not become a single. it’s just that reached number 21 billboard 200, remained on the charts for 23 weeks. While Elvis’ “Bridge Over Troubled Water” was not a single, the cover carried Simon’s.