By the grace of Ray Phiri

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

HOW many years ago was it that the al­bum called Bridge Over Trou­bled Wa­ter was re­leased?

This was the last al­bum done by the duet Si­mon & Gar­funkel be­fore they parted ways. If you’re younger than 50, then this may not be a mem­ory for you.

The an­swer is 47 years ago. This vinyl long-play­ing (LP) record came out in Jan­uary 1970 and was an im­me­di­ate hit.

Both the al­bum and the song won Grammy awards for al­bum of the year and song of the year.

Al­to­gether the al­bum won an un­prece­dented six Gram­mys that year. It was also the 17th most pop­u­lar al­bum of the ’70s decade.

Apart from Bridge, the al­bum also con­tained their hit song from the pre­vi­ous year called The Boxer as well as El Con­dor Pasa and Ce­cilia, two very mem­o­rable songs of that decade. The well-known Bye Bye Love, was on it, too. This was a nod to The Everly Brothers, the fa­mous singing duo of the 1950s, whom this duo em­u­lated. The grey-tops should re­mem­ber them as well. To my mind, Paul Si­mon was never as great again un­til his Grace­land al­bum of two decades ago. But he had Ray Phiri and other South Africans to thank for its suc­cess.

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