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.