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Mar 10

Today their acclaim is universal but in 1964 Simon & Garfunkel’s debut LP Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. ... only sold about 2,000 copies. A mix of Paul Simon originals, folk covers and traditional tunes, its highlight was a Simon composition recorded on March 10, 1964, "The Sounds of Silence."

...Simon and tenor Art Garfunkel honed the song in Greenwich Village coffeehouses before they recorded "The Sounds of Silence" with producer Tom Wilson. Backed by just two acoustic guitars and an upright bass, ‘The Sounds of Silence’ was drowned out by the wave of Beatlemania that swept America in 1964. Discouraged, the long-time friends split up. Simon moved to England and Garfunkel returned to college in New York.

In an interview with NPR, Simon explained the appeal of the song, retitled "The Sound of Silence" on later compilations. “The key to ‘The Sound Of Silence’ is the simplicity of the melody and the words, which are youthful alienation.

Mar 22

Simon and Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence" has been selected as one of 25 recordings to be preserved at the U.S. Library of Congress. The track, which was originally released on the duo's first album, Wednesday Monring, 3 A.M., became a #1 hit in 1966 after Columbia Records producer Tom Wilson overdubbed drums, electric guitar and electric bass for the song’s release as a single. Recordings are added to the National Recording Registry for long-term preservation due to cultural, artistic and historic importance to the nation’s aural legacy.

Jan 22

Legendary singer Art Garfunkel will appear at a special film event next month -- a screening of the 1969 Simon & Garfunkel documentary Songs of America at the Paley Center for Media in New York City on February 6th. The film's director, Charles Grodin, also will participate and the event will be moderated by TV Guide editor Bruce Fretts. The two will discuss the making of Songs of America and the controversy surrounding the documentary at that time.

Jan 15

For this week only, Simon & Garfunkel's "The Columbia Studio Recordings (1964-1970)" is available at the exclusive PopMarket discount price of $29.98! This deluxe 5-CD box set includes all of Simon & Garfunkel’s studio albums in one superb collection.

Aug 28

In celebration of his storied career, Art Garfunkel has readied The Singer, a 34-track collection of his songs spanning the Simon & Garfunkel years through his solo work. The set features two new recordings, including the ballad "Lena," produced by Maia Sharp and featuring guitarist Dean Parks, drummer Russ Kunkel and bassist Lee Skalr. The track builds to a sprawling crescendo over Garfunkel's vocal, culminating in tense strings and a white-hot guitar solo from Parks.

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