Flashback: “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Buck Owens

I originally planned to run this piece yesterday but delayed it until today when word broke of Aretha Franklin’s passing on a couple of days ago – so this week, you get two for the price of one.

I confess. I am quite the sucker for a good cover of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and there are so many good covers of this epic tune out there. How can you pick just one?

This particular version I stumbled upon this week – Buck Owens (of Hee Haw fame) took this cover and turned it into a country Top 10 hit in 1971. Buck always seemed to me to be someone who enjoyed himself whenever he was performing, no matter the song he sang. Plus, he had that easily identifiable red, white, and blue guitar of his.

Someone ought to do a collaboration of all of the versions of “Bridge Of Trouble Water” out there for a YouTube video – I think there are at least 50 of them.


Flashback: “Respect” by Aretha Franklin

Word broke yesterday that the Aretha Franklin had died at the age of 76. Here’s the hit the “Queen of Soul” is probably most famous for, released in the spring of 1967 and reaching the top of the Billboard Pop and R&B charts.

But did you know – the song was originally performed by Otis Redding?

Flashback: “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” by Celine Dion

This has a familiar ring to it:

A song that Meat Loaf wanted to use – but producer Jim Steinman gives it to another singer. The song winds up being a hit of significance, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1996 and winds up a couple of decades later on a commercial.

Yep, I think I’ve seen this song and dance a few times over the years.

Flashback: “Once In A Lifetime” by The Talking Heads

Believe or not, the recorded version of this song didn’t even make the Hot 100 when it was released in 1981, peaking at #103. The live version of the song made the lower part of the Hot 100 in 1986.

A shame. This song was iconic, getting a lot of play on MTV and some other cable outlets in that era.