When Elvis Presley set out for his 1972 world tour, he was in a very special place in his career.
While other popular musicians from the 1950’s and 60’s had turned into nostalgia acts, “The King” was stronger than ever, continuing to crank out the hits.
A couple of years earlier, Simon & Garfunkel came out with one song that would go down in history as one of the most emotionally comforting ballads of all time. Elvis decided to cover “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and brought their lyrics to life with a whole new audience. This video is from Elvis’ April 14, 1972 show at North Carolina’s Greensboro Coliseum, where his usual band was replaced with an orchestra and backup singers.
Paul Simon later told Rolling Stone, “When I first heard Elvis perform ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ it was unbelievable.
I thought to myself, ‘How the hell can I compete with that?”
This has been called one of the most touching songs Elvis had ever performed and I agree. A song like this one can bring hope and comfort to a person’s soul even in the darkest of times.
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