|ELVIS COULD NOT SING SAYS GARFUNKEL!
September 04, 2015 - Goldmine / FECC / Elvis Express Radio
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In the new October issue of Goldmine Magazine there's an interview with Art Garfunkel, the Bright Eyes singer and former member of the singing duo Simon & Garfunkel, with the
very talented 'Paul Simon'.
While Elvis Presley is universally respected and hailed as the King, artist of the Century and one of the single greatest voices of all time, old Arty does not agree?
Garfunkel states in the Goldmine interview that .... "After the army everything Elvis does is missing the power of a really good singer". Missing the Power? We can only take a guess
that Arty has never heard 'Surrender'? 'It's Now Or Never'? 'If I Can Dream'? An American Trilogy'? and so on and on!
Arty goes on about Elvis' voice, AFTER his military service "From that point on you have a singer with an uncontrolled vibrato, wonderful attitude but not singing. Your talking to a
singer now; I can sing, my ears tell me who can sing good and who can't . (Linda ) Ronstadt was a great singer . When you really can sing you add a real element to the record .
You gotta sing man . McCartney could sing . So I didn't like Elvis version of 'Bridge over Troubled Waters'; uncontrolled vibrato, bravura ,Vegas . "
Recorded by Simon & Garfunkel in 1969, the duo released 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'' in January of 1970. Composed by singer-songwriter Paul Simon, the song is performed on
piano and carries the influence of gospel music. And while there has been more than 50 covers, arguably the best and most famous cover of the song, is by Elvis Presley, who
recorded it in Nashville in June of 1970 for his album "Elvis: That's The Way It Is". The song became a permanent fixture in his sets in Las Vegas. Unlike Simon & Garfunkel's soft
approach to the song, Elvis drives the song along with a dramatic power house version.
During the Golden globe winning movie, 'Elvis On Tour", Elvis performs a fantastic version of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" from the April 14th show at the Greensboro Coliseum in
North Carolina, where Presley's usual band – led by guitarist James Burton – was augmented by an orchestra and the Sweet Inspirations, a trio of backing singers.
Writer, Paul Simon later noted that Presley's rendition of his song was a "touch on the dramatic side." "But so was the song," he added. "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?'
|Art Garfunkel tells Goldmine Magazine that Elvis 'The King' Presley could not sing . . . HA!