Here is #10 in a series of an occasional sharing of an “inspirational” song. We put “inspirational” in quotes because this will not necessarily be not in the traditional sense, like something you might sing in church. We welcome you to message us with what songs inspire you.

This song was suggested a while ago and is certainly inspirational. It was released fifty years ago today (20 Jan 1970) with the album by the same name released six days later. While written by Paul Simon, the lead vocal was by Art Garfunkel at Simon’s suggestion. The song shot to #1 on the pop chart in only its third week in the Top 40 and spent six weeks in the top spot, becoming Billboard’s #1 single of 1970. It has been recorded more than fifty times since, perhaps most notably by Aretha Franklin. It is a song that has brought many people hope since the first time it was played.

George Irwin
george@irwinsjournal.com
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