Rev. Claude Jeter, 1914-2009

Sad story out of New York, where the Rev. Claude Jeter, lead singer for the Gospel quartet the Swan Silvertones, has died. Rev. Jeter’s improvised line in “Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep,” – “I’ll be your bridge over deep water if you trust in my name” – brought Paul Simon to the line “like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down.” In the 1970s, Simon would invite Jeter to sing the gorgeous falsetto bridge on “Take Me to the Mardi Gras.”

Rev. Jeter had been ill for a while, and will be sorely missed. More from the New York Daily News’s David Hinckley.