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Singer: Paul Simon

Most artists would do anything for one blockbuster album. Paul Simon has had four: Bridge Over Troubled Water, There Goes Rhymin' Simon, Still Crazy After All These Years, and Graceland. Uploaded by nymag.com.

Who needs Garfunkel? Paul Simon not only wrote most of the successful songs during his partnership with Art, but demonstrated that he was the true talent of the two by continuing a highly successful career after the duo broke up.

Simon and Garfunkel first hit the charts in 1965 with “The Sounds of Silence.” They had several more hit singles during their time together, including “Homeward Bound,” “Mrs. Robinson,” “A Hazy Shade of Winter,” and what could be the best popular song ever written, Bridge Over Troubled Water (Great American Things, October 27, 2009).

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As a solo artist, Simon recorded a string of albums that were both commercial and critical successes – There Goes Rhymin’ Simon, Still Crazy After All These Years, and Graceland. He also had a plethora – yes, a plethora – of singles, including “Mother and Child Reunion” (No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100), “Kodachrome” (2), “Loves Me Like a Rock” (2), “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” (1), “Slip Slidin’ Away” (5), and “Late in the Evening” (6).

Simon’s influence is great in contemporary music, and he has been lavishly awarded for his work. He’s won 12 Grammys, including a Lifetime Achievement Award and a Hall of Fame Award for “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” he’s in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Great American Things, August 31, 2009) as both a solo artist and with Garfunkel, and he received the first annual Library of Congress Gershwin Award for Popular Song in 2007…

Song: “Bridge Over Troubled Water”

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Paul Simon wrote it. Art Garfunkel sang it. And America loved it. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” won the Grammy Awards for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1971. And Rolling Stone named it number 47 in its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

But, coming as it did near the end of Simon and Garfunkel’s partnership, it didn’t come into being without some travail. Although Simon wrote it for Garfunkel’s voice, he has stated that he wishes he’d sung it himself. “He felt I should have done it,” Simon told Rolling Stone in 1972. “And many times I’m sorry I didn’t do it.”

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Since the recording industry organization BMI named it the 19th-most-performed song of the twentieth century, it should come as no surprise that several excellent covers have been recorded. Aretha Franklin won a Grammy for Best Female R&B Performance for her 1972 version. Johnny Cash (Great American Thing No. 59) and The Jackson 5 recorded it.

And perhaps those who know that Elvis (Great American Thing No. 121) sang a lot of gospel music might have expected his outstanding version of “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” He recorded it in 1970 and performed it in two documentaries: Elvis – That’s the Way It Is and Elvis on Tour.

By the way, when Simon and Garfunkel sing the song now during their regular reunion concerts, they alternate singing the verses. “Your time has come to shine…”