John Lennon said The Beatles’ “Let It Be” had nothing to do with The Beatles. Afterwards, he felt that Paul McCartney was inspired by a famous Simon & Garfunkel song when he wrote “Let It Be”. In a similar vein, Art Garfunkel revealed what he thought of John and Paul as songwriters.
John Lennon felt the Beatles’ “Let It Be” had more to do with Simon & Garfunkel and Wings than the Fab Four
In a 1980 interview recorded in All We Say: The Last Big Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, John was asked about “Let It Be”. “It’s Paul,” he said. “What can you say? Nothing to do with the Beatles. It could have been Wings. Notably, ‘Let It Be’ is a piano ballad and Wings has released many piano ballads.
Jean speculated on why Paul wrote “Let It Be.” “I don’t know what he thinks when he writes ‘Let It Be’,” he said. “I think it was inspired by ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water.’ It’s my feeling, even if I have nothing to do. I know he wanted to write a “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. John also said that Paul wanted the album So be it sound like Simon & Garfunkel.
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Simon & Garfunkel’s Art Garfunkel revealed his thoughts on the Beatles and the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson
During a 2011 interview with the New York Post, Art Garfunkel said “Bridge Over Troubled Water” was part of the same cultural context that produced The Beatles. “It’s very hard to brag about how exciting the 60s were,” he said. “It’s always distorted and cartoonish with flower power and all that nonsense.
“What you’re talking about is the great fertile ground that Brian Wilson [of The Beach Boys] was doing, which John and Paul were doing,” Garfunkel added. “There is no limit – record companies were exploding with joy in the filing of [a new record] and sell it, with the commercial joy of it. This creates great fertility.
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How “Let It Be” and “Bridge over Troubled Water” performed on the charts in the United States
“Let It Be” became a huge hit for The Beatles. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks, remaining on the chart for a total of 14 weeks. The song appeared on the album So be it. The album was No. 1 for four of its 79 weeks on the Billboard 200.
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” became an even bigger hit for Simon & Garfunkel. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks, remaining on the chart for a total of 14 weeks. The song appeared on an album with the same title. A bridge over troubled waters topped the Billboard 200 for 10 of its 87 weeks on the chart.
Regardless of whether “Bridge Over Troubled Water” inspired “Let It Be”, both songs were hugely successful.
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