The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)

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"The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)"
1971 release, where "The 59th Street Bridge Song" was given the A-side
Single by Simon and Garfunkel
from the album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
Recorded16 August 1966 (1966-08-16)
GenreFolk rock
Songwriter(s)Paul Simon
Producer(s)Bob Johnston
Simon and Garfunkel singles chronology
"El Condor Pasa (If I Could)"
"The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)"
"For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her (Live)"

"The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)" is a song by folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel, written by Paul Simon and included on their 1966 album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.[2] Its name is based on the 59th Street Bridge, (known also as Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge) which is a bridge of New York City that was completed in 1909.[3]

The studio version features Dave Brubeck Quartet members Joe Morello (drums) and Eugene Wright (double bass). Footage of Simon and Garfunkel performing the song at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival is featured in the film Monterey Pop.[citation needed] On his farewell tour, Simon "penalized" himself for wrongly performing the lyrics to another song by singing this song, which he confesses to hating.[4]

The theme song to the American children's television programme H.R. Pufnstuf, originally composed by Sid and Marty Krofft, was found to closely mimic "The 59th Street Bridge Song" after Simon sued; his writing credit was subsequently added to the theme for H.R. Pufnstuf.[5][6]

59th Street Bridge, seen from Manhattan, in 2010

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  2. ^ a b "Simon & Garfunkel - The 59Th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy): Comentarios de canciones". AlohaCriticón (in Spanish). 27 October 2016. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  3. ^ "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) - 59th Street Bridge, New York". Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Paul Simon wraps up farewell tour back home". CBC News. 23 September 2018. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  5. ^ PUFNSTUF (1970, U.S.) Archived January 17, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "H.R. Pufnstuf (1969–1970): Trivia", Accessed Sept. 16, 2017.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 111.
  8. ^ Tori Amos Song Summary
  9. ^ Rojas, Anita (20 June 2017). "La música de Chespirito". La Rata (in Spanish). p. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  10. ^ "S5E10: Pfeiffer's Choice - The Wonder Years Soundtrack". Tunefind. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  11. ^ Mack, Ann M. (28 February 2003). "Laird's Gap Is 'Groovy' for Spring". Archived from the original on 11 October 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  12. ^ Mark Pentleton (2 May 2015). "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)". Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  13. ^ Cook-Wilson, Winston (17 April 2017). "In season 3 of the Leftovers, everyone is waiting around to die". Spin. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  14. ^ "Paul Simon And Stephen Colbert Are 'Feelin' Groovy'". YouTube. Retrieved 26 May 2017.

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