BILLBOARD TOP 40 SINGLES 1971: #73: ‘ BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER’- ARETHA FRANKLIN

Aretha Franklin – Bridge Over Troubled Water (1971, Vinyl) - Discogs

Billboard Top 40 Single 1971: #73: ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’- Aretha Franklin. April 17, 1971.

  • Single: ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’- Aretha Franklin
  • Record Company-Atlantic
  • Genre: Soul
  • Written by Paul Simon
  • Time: 3:18
  • B-side: “Brand New Me’
  • Album- Aretha’s Greatest Hits
  • Grade: A+
  • Peaked at #6 12 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

For an artist to take on a recent classic song- and master it- is rare- last week I did a feature on Ray Charles doing ‘Yesterday’- Ray Charles certainly had the genius to turn any song into his own- and so did Aretha Franklin. In 1970- Simon And Garfunkel had a #1 hit with “Bridge Over Troubled Water” -it won a Grammy. In 1971 Aretha took it on- and also won a Grammy -for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

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