Simon and Garfunkel were an American folk rock duo consisting of singer songwriters Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel who met as children in Queens, New York in 1953. They were one of the most popular recording artists of the 1960s. Their biggest hits, including “The Sound of Silence” (1964), “Mrs. Robinson” (1968), “Bridge over Troubled Water” (1969) and “The Boxer” (1969), reached number one on singles charts worldwide. Their often rocky relationship led to artistic disagreements, which resulted in their breakup in 1970. Their final studio record, Bridge over Troubled Water, was their most successful, becoming one of the world’s best selling albums. Since their split in 1970 they have reunited several times, most famously in 1981 for the “The Concert in Central Park”, which attracted more than 500,000 people, the seventh largest concert attendance in history. In 1963, they were signed to Columbia Records but their debut, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. sold poorly and they disbanded. Simon returned to a solo career, this time in England. In June 1965, their song “The Sound of Silence” was overdubbed, adding electric guitar and a drum kit to the original 1964 recording. This later version became a major US radio hit in 1965, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Simon and Garfunkel reunited, releasing their second album Sounds of Silence and touring colleges nationwide. On their third release, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (1966), the duo assumed more creative control. Their music was featured in the 1967 film The Graduate giving them further exposure. Bookends (1968), their next album, topped the Billboard 200 chart and included the No 1 single “Mrs. Robinson”. After their 1970 breakup following the release of Bridge over Troubled Water, they both continued recording, Simon releasing a number of highly acclaimed albums, including 1986’s Graceland. Garfunkel briefly pursued an acting career, with leading roles in the films, Catch 22 and Carnal Knowledge and in 1980, Bad Timing, as well as releasing some solo hits such as “All I Know”. Simon and Garfunkel were described by critic Richie Unterberger as “the most successful folk rock duo of the 1960s” and one of the most popular artists from the decade in general. They won 10 Grammy Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Their Bridge over Troubled Water album was nominated at the 1977 Brit Awards for Best International Album and is ranked at number 51 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
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