History of Simon and Garfunkel
Simon and Garfunkel, a musical group consisting of friends Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, was popular in the 1960s after the release of the hit single, “The Sound of Silence.” The duo's fascinating career produced numerous hit singles, won several Grammy Awards and eventually resulted in an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
How it all started: A glimpse into the early days of Simon and Garfunkel
Simon and Garfunkel were raised in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, and lived within walking distance of one another. They were introduced in elementary school and eventually started singing together when they were in 11th grade under the group name “Tom and Jerry.” After some initial success, their careers stalled, and the young men decided to attend different colleges. They reunited in 1963 and pursued music again, releasing an album entitled "Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M." The album was not a success, and the two men went their separate ways again a short time later.
Simon and Garfunkel’s rise to the top
Almost a year after the release of “Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.,” one of the singles from the album, “The Sound of Silence,” started to receive airtime. It eventually became the group’s first number one hit. Simon and Garfunkel got back together and released a series of successful records. They were also the main contributors on the soundtrack for the movie, “The Graduate.” Their enormous success came at the price of their personal relationship, however, and the duo broke up again in 1970.
Simon and Garfunkel’s music, relationship and career are still referenced on television and in film. Their impact on popular culture continues to resonate in pop culture.