Mrs. Robinson was, of course, the iconic Anne Bancroft character in Mike Nichols’ 1968 film, The Graduate. It was Nichols’ original idea to have [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Simon and Garfunkel[/lastfm] compose the complete soundtrack to the film. But things didn’t exactly turn out that way.
According to an interview in Musician magazine (and reprinted in The Billboard Book of Number One Hits), [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Paul Simon[/lastfm] says that while he “was writing a whole score for the film, Nichols was using existing material to fill in places where the score was supposed to be.”
“The more he lived with it, the more he decided that material was absolutely appropriate, so the only new song that made it into there was ‘Mrs. Robinson.’”
Sitting above another film song, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Hugo Montenegro[/lastfm]‘s “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly,” “Mrs. Robinson” hit Number 1 in June 1968 and lived at the top of the chart for three weeks.
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