1975 Art Garfunkel – Breakaway (US:#39)

“Break Away” (also known as “Breakaway”) is a song written by Benny Gallagher and Graham Lyle and first recorded by Art Garfunkel for his 1975 album Breakaway. Gallagher and Lyle released their own version on their 1976 album, also titled Breakaway.

“Break Away”, with backing vocals by David Crosby and Graham Nash, was the second single release from Garfunkel’s album. The song peaked at number thirty-nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and, in February 1976, went to number one on the Easy Listening chart for one week.[1]

On the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart, “Break Away” reached number two.[2] It was blocked from reaching the number-one position by Paul Simon’s song, “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”.

Gallagher and Lyle, the writers of the song, released their version of “Break Away” in late 1976, the title track of their Breakaway LP. It charted in the British Isles, reaching number 35 in the UK and number seven in Ireland.

Album

Video

Musicians

BassKlaus Voormann
DrumsJim Keltner
DrumsRick Shlosser
GuitarLon VanEaton
PianoBill Payne
SynthesizerBill Payne
PercussionJoe Clayton
Background VocalsBruce Johnston
Background VocalsDavid Crosby
Background VocalsGraham Nash
Background VocalsToni Tennille
VocalsArt Garfunkel

Produced By

Richard Perry

Songwriters

Bernard Gallagher
Graham Lyle

Charts

US:#39
UK:# –