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It could safely be said that by the early '70s, Aretha Franklin's pop record sales were in "troubled waters." It had been three years since Franklin's 1968 double-sided hit "The House That Jack Built" b/w a gold cover of the Dionne Warwick hit "I'd Say a Little Prayer" had cracked the pop Top Ten. While her Aretha Now LP made it to number three pop and Lady Soul hit number two pop and were certified gold, 1970's Spirit in the Dark stalled at number 25 pop. Atlantic Records was determined to see Franklin, one of their biggest selling artists, back in the upper regions of the pop charts. The label made plans to record a live album in San Francisco (the gold LP Aretha Live at Filmore West) and scheduled a flurry of public appearances and concerts. She began recording sessions at Atlantic's New York recording studio in August 1970. Franklin had started adding rock songs to her repertoire (her Top Five R&B/Top 20 pop cover of Lennon and McCartney's "Eleanor Rigby" from her This Girl's in Love With You LP). For a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water," Franklin was reunited with the Muscle Shoals rhythm section. Also on the session were Billy Preston, Cornell Dupree, Chuck Rainey, Ray Lucas, and King Curtis. Though it would be almost a year before "Bridge Over Troubled Water" would be released, Franklin performed the song at Filmore West and on the live telecast of the Grammy Awards that spring. Soon afterwards, Franklin's cover of the Paul Simon song "Bridge Over Troubled Water" went to number one R&B for two weeks, number six pop around May 1971. Both Simon & Garfunkel's original version and Franklin's cover earned the artists Grammies.


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