Simon & Garfunkel


Simon & Garfunkel were an American folk rock duo consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel. They were one of the best-selling music groups of the 1960s, and their biggest hits—including "The Sound of Silence" (1965), "Mrs. Robinson" (1968), "The Boxer" (1969), and "Bridge over Troubled Water" (1970)—reached number one on singles charts worldwide.

Simon and Garfunkel met in elementary school in Queens, New York, in 1953, where they learned to harmonize and began writing songs. As teenagers, under the name Tom & Jerry, they had minor success with "Hey Schoolgirl" (1957), a song imitating their idols, the Everly Brothers. In 1963, aware of a growing public interest in folk music, they regrouped and were signed to Columbia Records as Simon & Garfunkel. Their debut, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., sold poorly; Simon returned to a solo career, this time in England. In June 1965, a new version of "The Sound of Silence" overdubbed with electric guitar and drums became a US AM radio hit, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The duo reunited to release a second studio album, Sounds of Silence, and tour colleges nationwide. On their third release, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (1966), they assumed more creative control. Their music was featured in the 1967 film The Graduate, giving them further exposure. Their next album Bookends (1968) topped the Billboard 200 chart and included the number-one single "Mrs. Robinson" from the film.

Simon and Garfunkel had a troubled relationship, leading to artistic disagreements and their breakup in 1970. Their final studio album, Bridge over Troubled Water, was released that January, becoming one of the world's best-selling albums. After their breakup, Simon released a number of acclaimed albums, including 1986's Graceland. Garfunkel released solo hits such as "All I Know" and briefly pursued an acting career, with leading roles in the Mike Nichols films Catch-22 and Carnal Knowledge and in Nicolas Roeg's 1980 Bad Timing. The duo have reunited several times; their 1981 concert in Central Park may have attracted more than 500,000 people, one of the largest concert attendances in history.Simon & Garfunkel won 10 Grammy Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Richie Unterberger described them as "the most successful folk-rock duo of the 1960s" and one of the most popular artists from the decade. They are among the best-selling music artists, having sold more than 100 million records. They were ranked 40th on Rolling Stone's 2010 list of the Greatest Artists of All Time and third on its list of the greatest duos.


March 18, 2022

Paul Simon Shopping Simon & Garfunkel Recorded Royalties

The deal would include the duo's five landmark studio albums.

February 4, 2022

Morty Craft, Label Exec & Producer Who Worked With Connie Francis and Simon & Garfunkel, Dies at 101

Craft worked on hits for dozens of artists in the '50s and '60s.

November 21, 2021

Jay Jacobs, Former Longtime William Morris Music Agent, Dies

Jacobs started his career in the mail room and went on to represent artists including the Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel and Diana Ross.


Live At Carnegie Hall 1969

January 24, 2020

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Live 1969

March 25, 2008

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Old Friends Live On Stage

December 7, 2004

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Live From New York City, 1967

July 16, 2002

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The Concert in Central Park (Live)

February 16, 1982

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Bridge Over Troubled Water

January 26, 1970

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April 3, 1968

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The Graduate

January 21, 1968

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Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme

October 10, 1966

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Sounds Of Silence

January 17, 1966

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Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.

October 19, 1964

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