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Bridge Over Troubled Water

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Bridge Over Troubled Water is an album by Simon and Garfunkel (their fifth and final studio album) released on January 26, 1970. The album reached number 1 on Billboard Music Charts' pop albums list. It won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year, as well as for Best Engineered Recording, while its title track won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in the Grammy Awards of 1971.

Elvis Presley biography, Simon And Grafunkel, The songs "Cuba Si, Nixon No", "Groundhog", and the demo "Feuilles-O" were recorded during sessions but not released on the album. "Cuba Si, Nixon No" was later released on a bootleg copy of an November 11, 1969 concert by Simon & Garfunkel at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, while the demo recording of "Feuilles-O" was released on October 4, 1997 on the box set Old Friends.

A remastered and expanded version of the album was released on CD in 2001, also containing "Feuilles-O" and a previously unreleased demo version of "Bridge Over Troubled Water".

In 2003 the TV network VH1 named Bridge Over Troubled Water the 33rd greatest album of all time. In 2003, the album was ranked number 51 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Track listing

1. "Bridge Over Troubled Water"; (4:52) SAMPLE

2. "El Condor Pasa (If I Could)"** (3:06) ≈ arrangement of 18th century Peruvian folk anthem

3. "Cecilia" (2:54)

4. "Keep the Customer Satisfied" (2:33)

5. "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright" (3:47)

6. "The Boxer" (5:08) ≈ features a flute bridge instead of the "extra verse"

7. "Baby Driver" (3:14)

8. "The Only Living Boy in New York" (3:58)

9. "Why Don't You Write Me" (2:45)

10. "Bye Bye Love"* (2:55) ≈ live recording from Ames, Iowa

11. "Song for the Asking" (1:49)

All songs by Paul Simon except * Felice and Boudreaux Bryant and ** Paul Simon, Jorge Milchberg, and Daniel A. Robles.


 Paul Simon: lead vocals, guitar

 Art Garfunkel: lead vocals

 Los Incas: Peruvian Instruments

 Joe Osborn: bass guitar

 Larry Knechtel: piano

 Fred Carter, Jr.: guitar

 Hal Blaine: drums

 Jimmy Haskell and Ernie Freeman: strings

Awards and ratings

In the 1971 Grammy awards the album (and its contents) won five grammys:

 Record of the Year (Bridge Over Troubled Water, Song)

 Album of the Year

 Best Contemporary Song (Bridge Over Troubled Water, Song)

 Best written song (Bridge Over Troubled Water, Song)

 Best Engineering

Production information

Produced by Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, and Roy Halee Label: Columbia LP KCS 9914; QUADLP CQ 30995; CD CK 9914; Remastered CD 66004.

Chart positions

Billboard Music Charts (North America) — singles 1969

 The Boxer:

 Pop Singles, #7

 Adult Contemporary, #3


 Bridge Over Troubled Water:

 Pop Singles, #1

 Adult Contemporary, #1

 Cecilia:

 Pop Singles, #4

 El Condor Pasa:

 Pop Singles, #18

Adult Contemporary, #6

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