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Probably the most successful folk-rock duo from the 1960s, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel crafted some memorable hit albums and singles featuring their choirboy harmonies, ringing acoustic and electric guitars, and Simon’s acute, finely wrought songwriting. The set always inhabited the greater polished end from the folk-rock range and was occasionally criticized for a particular collegiate sterility. Many also believe that Simon, as both a vocalist and songwriter, didn’t really blossom until he started his own greatly successful solo profession in the 1970s. However the greatest of S&G’s function can stand among Simon’s greatest materials, as well as the duo do progress musically during the period of their five albums, shifting from fundamental folk-rock productions into Latin rhythms and gospel-influenced plans that foreshadowed Simon’s eclecticism on his solo albums. Simon & Garfunkel’s documenting history in fact predated their 1st mid-’60s strike by almost ten years. Childhood close friends while we were young collectively in Forest Hillsides, NY, they started making information in 1957, carrying out (and frequently writing their very own materials) in something of the juvenile Everly Brothers design. Phoning themselves Tom & Jerry, their 1st solitary, “Hey Schoolgirl,” in fact made the very best 50, but some follow-ups proceeded to go nowhere. The duo split, and Simon continuing to battle to make it within the music business being a songwriter and periodic performer, sometimes utilizing the brands of Jerry Landis or Tico & the Triumphs. By the first ’60s, both Simon and Garfunkel had been coming consuming folk music. If they reteamed, it had been being a folk duo, though Simon’s pop root base would serve the action well within their material’s synthesis of folk and pop affects. Putting your signature on to Columbia, they documented an primarily unsuccessful acoustic debut (as Simon & Garfunkel, not really Tom & Jerry) in 1964, Wed Morning hours, 3 AM They once again went their independent ways, Simon shifting to Britain, where he performed the folk circuit and documented an obscure single recording. The Simon & Garfunkel tale might have finished there, aside from a brainstorm of the maker, Tom Wilson (who also created many of Bob Dylan’s early albums). Folk-rock was removing in 1965, and Wilson, who got helped Dylan electrify his audio, took the most powerful monitor from S&G’s debut, “The Audio of Silence,” and embellished it with electrical guitars, bass, and drums. It surely got to number 1 in early 1966, providing the duo the impetus to reunite and make a significant go in a documenting career, Simon coming back through the U.K. towards the U.S. In 1966 and 1967, these were regular people to the pop graphs with among the better folk-rock from the period, including “Homeward Bound,” “I Am a Rock and roll,” and “A Hazy Color of Winter season.” Simon & Garfunkel’s early albums had been erratic, however they gradually improved as Simon sharpened his songwriting, so when the duo became convenient and adventurous within the studio room. Their execution was therefore clean and tasteful it price them some hipness factors through the psychedelic period, which was a little silly. These were definately not the raunchiest matter going, but were able to accomplish the nifty feat of attractive to differing segments from the pop and rock and roll audience — and different age groups, not only limited to children — without compromising their music. Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (past due 1966) was their initial really consistent record; Bookends (1968), that actually combined previously released singles with some brand-new materials, reflected their developing maturity. Among its music, “Mrs. Robinson,” became one of the primary singles from the past due ’60s after it had been prominently featured in another of the best movies of the time, The Graduate (which also acquired various other Simon & Garfunkel music over the soundtrack). It had been unsurprising, in retrospect, which the duo’s partnership begun to weaken in the past due ’60s. That they had known one another the majority of their lives, and been executing jointly for over ten years. Simon begun to experience constrained with the limitations of dealing with exactly the same collaborator; Garfunkel, who had written virtually none from the materials, felt overshadowed from the songwriting skills of Simon, though Garfunkel’s high tenor was essential to their charm. They began to record a few of their efforts separately within the studio room, and barely performed live whatsoever in 1969, as Garfunkel started to go after an performing career. Their last studio room recording, Bridge Over Stressed Water, was a massive strike, topping the graphs for ten weeks, and comprising four strike singles (the name monitor, “The Boxer,” “Cecilia,” and “Un Condor Pasa”). It had been certainly their most musically ambitious, with “Bridge Over Stressed Drinking water” and “The Boxer” using thundering drums and tasteful orchestration, and “Cecilia” marking among Simon’s initial forays into South American rhythms. In addition, it caught the baffled, reflective tenor of the days much better than almost any various other popular discharge of 1970. That might be their last record of new materials. Although they didn’t always intend to split up at that time, the break from documenting eventually became long lasting; as Simon started a solo profession that brought him just as much achievement because the S&G outings, and Garfunkel pursued simultaneous performing and documenting careers. They do reunite in 1975 for a high Ten solitary, “My Little City,” and regularly performed collectively since without ever arriving close to producing albums of fresh materials. A 1981 concert in New York’s Central Recreation area attracted half of a million enthusiasts, and was commemorated having a live recording; in addition they toured in the first ’80s, but a well planned studio room recording was canceled because of artistic differences.

Quick Facts


Full Name Simon & Garfunkel
Height 1.6 m
Nationality American
Spouse Kathryn (Kim) Cermack Garfunkel, Linda Marie Grossman
Children James Garfunkel, Beau Daniel Garfunkel
Parents Jacob Garfunkel, Rose Garfunkel
Awards Grammy Award for Album of the Year, Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy Hall of Fame, Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, Brit Award for International Album
Music Songs The Sound of Silence, Bridge over Troubled Water, Mrs. Robinson, The Boxer, El Condor Pasa, Scarborough Fair, Homeward Bound, America, April Come She Will, I Am a Rock, Kathy's Song, The Only Living Boy In New York, Cecilia, Slip Slidin’ Away, A Hazy Shade of Winter, For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her, 59th Street Bridge Song, Blues Run the Game, My Little Town, At the Zoo, Late in the Evening, Baby Driver, Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream, American Tune, Keep the Customer Satisfied, The Dangling Conversation, Leaves That Are Green, Song for the Asking, Flowers Never Bend With the Rainfall, A Most Peculiar Man, Fakin' It, Still Crazy After All These Years
Albums Bookends, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., The Graduate, The Concert in Central Park, Sounds of Silence, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, Bridge over Troubled Water, Live 1969, Live from New York City, 1967, Voices of Intelligent Dissent (Live at the Hollywood Bowl, August 23, 1968), Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits, Old Friends, The Best of Simon and Garfunkel, The Essential Simon and Garfunkel, Tom & Jerry, The Columbia Studio Recordings (1964–1970), Collected Works, The Definitive Simon and Garfunkel, The Simon and Garfunkel Collection: 17 of Their All-Time Greatest Recordings, Tales from New York: The Very Best of Simon & Garfunkel, 20 Greatest Hits, The Collection: Simon & Garfunkel, Two Can Dream Alone, The Hit Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel, Simon & Garfunkel, Tom & Jerry Meet Tico & The Triumphs, Old Friends: Live on Stage, Live in '67 - Nov 1967 Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY (Remastered) [Live FM Radio Broadcast Concert In Superb Fidelity], Live In Manchester 1967, The Story of Simon & Garfunkel Live, Legendary FM Broadcasts - Den Waag Theatre, Haarlem Netherlands 13th August 1966, Hey Schoolgirl, As Tom & Jerry, Presenting Tico & The Triumphs, That's My Story, Written by Simon & Garfunkel
Nominations Academy Award for Best Original Song, MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video, Tony Award for Best Original Score, MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction, MTV Video Music Award for Best Visual Effects, MTV Video Music Award for Viewer's Choice, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Song, MTV Video Music Award for Most Experimental Video, Brit Award for International Male Solo Artist, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Song
Movies One-Trick Pony, Annie Hall, The Rutles, Paul Simon, Graceland: The African Concert, Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme, Paul Simon and Friends, Henry and Me, Monterey Pop, Shampoo, Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast, Paul Simon: Graceland, Simon and Garfunkel: Songs of America, Paul Simon: Live at the Tower Theatre, An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson, Simon and Garfunkel: Concert in Central Park, On Tiptoe: Gentle Steps to Freedom, MTV Unplugged: Ballads, Paul Simon & Friends: A Night of Gospel Glory, Paul Simon: You're the One: In Concert from Paris, Ladysmith Black Mambazo: On Tip Toe, Steve Gadd: In Session, Saturday Night Live: The Best of Tom Hanks, Fred Sokolow: The Music of Paul Simon, MTV Unplugged: Superstars


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2017 writer - 1 episode, 2017
Baby Driver 2017 performer: "Baby Driver" - as Simon and Garfunkel
A Dog's Purpose 2017 performer: "April Come She Will"
Who's Doing the Dishes? 2016 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Vinyl 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Leftovers 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Masters of Sex 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Mindy Project 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Wild 2014/I performer: "El Condor Pasa If I Could", "Homeward Bound"
Wimbledon 2014 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Normal Heart 2014 TV Movie performer: "The Only Living Boy in New York"
Avis de mistral 2014 performer: "The Sound of Silence"
About a Boy 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Family Guy 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 2013 performer: "Old Friends"
Arrested Development 2013 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Alphas 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2012 TV Series 1 episode
Alexandra - Stimme der Sehnsucht: Der rätselhafte Tod eines Stars 2012 TV Movie documentary performer: "Mrs. Robinson" - uncredited
The Simpsons 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
No me la puc treure del cap 2012 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Parenthood 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Awkward. TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Cecilia 2011 Short performer: "Cecilia" 1970
Parks and Recreation 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
American Idol 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Cinema Snob 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Mad Men 2010 TV Series 1 episode
Happy Town 2010 TV Series 1 episode
One Tree Hill 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dancing on Ice 2010 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Gums & Guts 2009 Short performer: "Mrs. Robinson"
Rude Tube 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Electric Dreams 2009 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Banda sonora 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Life on Mars 2008-2009 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Watchmen 2009 performer: "The Sound of Silence"
(500) Days of Summer 2009 performer: "Bookends"
My Name Is Earl 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
New York, I Love You 2008 performer: "The Only Living Boy in New York" 1970 - as Simon and Garfunkel
60/90 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Wrecking Crew! 2008 Documentary performer: "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
The Dreamer 2008/II Short performer: "The Boxer"
How Music Works 2006 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
20 to 1 2006 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Bobby 2006 performer: "The Sound of Silence"
Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas 2006 performer: "The 59th Street Bridge Song Feelin' Groovy"
Rumor Has It... 2005 performer: "Mrs. Robinson" - as Simon and Garfunkel
Delphinsommer 2004 TV Movie performer: "Scarborough Fair/ Canticle"
Raising Helen 2004 performer: "At The Zoo" - as Simon and Garfunkel
Simon and Garfunkel: Old Friends - Live on Stage 2004 Video performer: "Old Friends", "A Hazy Shade of Winter", "I Am a Rock", "America", "At the Zoo/Baby Driver", "Scarborough Fair", "Homeward Bound", "The Sound of Silence", "Mrs. Robinson", "Slip Slidin' Away", "El Condor Pasa", "Keep the Customer Satisfied", "The Only Living Boy in New York", "American Tune", "My Little Town", "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Cecilia", "The Boxer", "Leaves That Are Green", "The 59th Street Bridge Song Feelin' Groovy"
Garden State 2004 performer: "The Only Living Boy in New York" 1970
Intolerable Cruelty 2003 performer: "The Boxer" 1968 - as Simon and Garfunkel
Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast 2003 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Old School 2003 performer: "The Sound of Silence"
Stella Shorts 1998-2002 2002 Video performer: "America" - as Simon and Garfunkel
American Dreams 2002 TV Series performer: "The Sound Of Silence"
Brown Eyed Girl 2001 Short performer: "The 59th Street Bridge Song Feelin' Groovy"
Boston Public 2001 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Almost Famous 2000 performer: "America"
Loser 2000 performer: "Scarborough Fair/Canticle" - as Simon and Garfunkel
ER 2000 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Girl, Interrupted 1999 performer: "Bookends" - as Simon and Garfunkel
American Pie 1999 performer: "Mrs. Robinson" - as Simon and Garfunkel
The '60s 1999 TV Movie performer: "America", "Bookends Theme" - as Simon and Garfunkel
Kingpin 1996 performer: "The Sound of Silence"
Forrest Gump 1994 performer: "Mrs. Robinson" 1967
Wayne's World 2 1993 performer: "MRS. ROBINSON"
Marienhof 1992 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Wonder Years 1989 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
It's Garry Shandling's Show. 1986 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sword of Honour 1986 TV Mini-Series arranger - 1 episode
Still the Beaver 1983 TV Movie performer: "At The Zoo"
More American Graffiti 1979 performer: "Sounds of Silence" - as Simon and Garfunkel
Coming Home 1978 performer: "Bookends" 1966
James at 16 1977 TV Series performer - 1 episode
A Fantasy Fulfilled 1975 performer: "Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M." - uncredited
Saturday Night Live 1975 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Zoo in Winter 1969 TV Movie documentary performer: "At The Zoo"
High School 1969 Documentary performer: "The Dangling Conversation" - uncredited
Andy Williams' Kaleidoscope Company 1968 TV Movie performer: "Mrs. Robinson", "Old Friends/Bookends Theme", "Scarborough Fair/Canticle"
The Graduate 1967 performer: "The Sounds of Silence", "April Come She Will", "Scarborough Fair/Canticle", "Mrs. Robinson", "The Singleman Party Foxtrot", "Sunporch Cha-Cha-Cha", "On the Strip", "The Folks", "A Great Effect", "The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine", "Whew" - uncredited
Top of the Pops 1966 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ready, Steady, Go! 1966 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hollywood a Go Go 1965 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Graduate 1967 songs: sung by - as Simon and Garfunkel

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Late Night with David Letterman 1983 TV Series Themselves
Top of the Pops 1966-1970 TV Series Themselves
Ready, Steady, Go! 1966 TV Series Themselves
Hullabaloo 1966 TV Series Themselves
Hollywood a Go Go 1965 TV Series Themselves
Discs a Go-Go 1965 TV Series Themselves

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Biggest Band Breakups and Make Ups 2015 TV Movie documentary Themselves
Britain's Best Loved Double Acts 2014 TV Movie documentary Themselves - Double Act
No me la puc treure del cap 2012 TV Series Themselves
Nine Hundred Nights 2001 Video documentary Themselves
Midi-Première 1976 TV Series Themselves

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