“Mrs. Robinson” is a popular folk rock song that was recorded and released in 1968. It was an instant hit and reached number 1 spot on the hot 100 chart. The song remains one of the most popular and best known songs from the 1960’s. It has been covered by numerous artists, including a modified version sang by Frank Sinatra. Let’s find out who wrote and performed this hit song.
Who wrote and sing “Mrs. Robinson”?
“Mrs. Robinson” was written by Paul Simon from the popular folk rock duo “Simon & Garfunkel”. The song was initially written about Eleanor Roosevelt with the title “Mrs. Roosevelt.” However, it was adapted to “Mrs. Robinson” for the movie “The Graduate” in 1967 after the director wanted to use it for his movie. The initial release was used in the movie and was also recorded for the soundtrack. However, this was quite different from the hit single released the next year. On February 2, 1968 Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel re-recorded the song with additional lyrics to create the popular song as we know it today. This song made its debut on their album Bookends (1968), which won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1969.
Did you know?
The use of the word “Jesus” in the lyrics led to a boycott of the song by some radio stations. This led Frank Sinatra to change the word to “Jilly” in his cover version!
Famous baseball player Joe DiMaggio, who is referenced in the song, was initially bothered by his inclusion until he met with Simon who explained that the lyrics were a tribute to DiMaggio. The song was played by Simon at Yankee Stadium to honor the great DiMaggio shortly after his death.