Four things you never knew about ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’


Forty-six years ago, ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’ was No. 1 on the charts. Here are four facts you might not have known about the song:

1) Where did this come from? Paul Simon wrote the song so quickly, he wondered how he’d done it. “Where did that come from? It doesn’t seem like me.”

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2) It features the “Wall of Sound.” The drums in the song were recorded in an echo chamber using Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound” technique – a way of using multiple versions of the same instrument playing the same notes in an echo chamber. The effect translated particularly well on jukeboxes and AM radios.

3) One of the best-selling singles of all time. The single would eventually sell more than 6 million copies making it one of the best-selling singles of all time (per Wikipedia). It also won the Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

4) Sing it the “white choirboy way.” Paul Simon originally wanted Art Garfunkel to sing the song by himself the “white choirboy way.” Garfunkel thought Simon should sing it. They compromised by making it a duo, though Garfunkel sings most of the verses – a fact Simon later regretted. “He felt I should have done it, and many times on a stage, though, when I’d be sitting off to the side and Larry Knechtel would be playing the piano and Artie would be singing “Bridge”, people would stomp and cheer when it was over, and I would think, “That’s my song, man…”

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One comment to “Four things you never knew about ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’”
  1. Here’s an artist that I have a hard time fitting into my already growing list of must listen tos. What a cool little piece.

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