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Aretha Franklin, "Bridge Over Troubled Water"

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In this soulful rendition of the Simon and Garfunkle classic, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" at a Clive Davis event in the early 1990s, Aretha showcases her impeccable piano skills, weaving thick, jazzy chords seamlessly into the familiar melody. Her backup singers belt rich gospel harmonies that completely change the character of the traditionally folksy song and the call and response between them and Aretha is reminiscent of the church. Aretha's voice sails above the whole mix with soulful precision.