Monday, February 19, 2007

Simon & Garfunkel

There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is. ~William P. Merrill

This post became longer than I intended. If you don’t have time to read this lengthy post just jump down to the end and click on the video called 1981. The video expresses what words can not. Five minutes of your time will be well spent.
Have a wonderful Monday!

Simon and Garfunkel
From Wikipedia

Simon and Garfunkel are an American popular music duo comprising Paul Simon and Arthur "Art" Garfunkel. They met in grade school in 1953, when they both appeared in the school play of Alice in Wonderland (Simon as the White Rabbit, Garfunkel as The Cheshire Cat). As Simon and Garfunkel, the duo rose to fame in 1965 backed by the hit single "The Sound of Silence." Their music was featured on the landmark film, The Graduate, propelling them further into the public consciousness. They are well known for their close harmonies and sometimes unstable relationship.

" They have received several Grammys and are inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (2007). In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked them #40 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

They have reunited on several occasions since their 1970 break-up, most famously for 1981's The Concert in Central Park, which attracted 500,000 people.

Early history
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel grew up in the same Forest Hills neighborhood just blocks away from one another and were classmates at Forest Hills High School in New York City.

Subsequent efforts in 1958 did not reach near their initial success, and after high school the duo went to separate colleges, with Simon enrolling at Queens College and Garfunkel at Columbia University. While enrolled in college, they both joined the same fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi.

Reformation and success
Bridge Over Troubled Water was at last released on January 26, 1970. Its title track, featuring Garfunkel's soaring vocals, was a massive hit and one of the best-selling records of the decade, staying #1 on the charts for six weeks and remaining on the charts for far longer. The album includes three other top-twenty hits: "El Condor Pasa" (US #18), "Cecilia" (US #4), and "The Boxer" – which, finished in 1968, hit #7 on the charts the following year – as well as a live recording of the Everly Brothers' "Bye Bye, Love" from a 1969 tour concert in Ames, Iowa.

At the subsequent March 1971 Grammy Awards, the album and single were named Album and Record of The Year, respectively, and also won the awards for Best Engineered Record, Best Contemporary Song, Song of the Year, and Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists. Their 1972 Greatest Hits album peaked at #5 on US charts.

The success of the 1981 concert prompted the duo to go on a world tour in 1982 (Europe and Japan) and 1983 (The U.S. and Canada).

Their next public appearance was in 1990, when the two performed at a ceremony for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Simon and Garfunkel appeared together in 1993 for 21 sold out concerts in New York. Later the same year they did some charity concerts, including the Bridge School Benefit concerts.

In July 2002, Columbia Legacy issued a previously unreleased live recording of a Simon and Garfunkel concert, Live In New York City, 1967. It features an almost-complete recording of a performance given by the duo at Philharmonic Hall, at the Lincoln Center in New York City on January 22, 1967.

On February 23, 2003, Simon and Garfunkel reunited to perform in public for the first time since 1993, singing "The Sound Of Silence" as the opening act of the Grammy Awards. Before the show, the duo was presented with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring their musical contributions over the past four and a half decades.

The good feelings generated by their appearance on the Grammys led to another thaw in their relationship. Soon, Simon and Garfunkel launched a two-month long reunion tour of the United States (and Toronto, Canada), which ran from October 16 to December 21, 2003. Entitled Old Friends, their first tour in over twenty years included forty shows in twenty-eight cities and featured special guests The Everly Brothers.

The success of the first Old Friends tour led to an encore in June and July 2004 with over 25 shows, this time also in Europe. In July 2004, they completed the tour with a flourish, with a finale at the Colosseum in Rome before an audience which, according to the Mayor of Rome, exceeded 600,000--even larger than the audience at the famous Central Park concert.

A live CD and DVD from their Old Friends tour was released in late 2004.

If you are limited with time and can’t watch them all then click on the 1981 video. You can see and feel the love and joy that Art and Paul are experiencing together.

1967 The Sound Of Silence

1975 Paul talks turkey in the first part and then
the duo sings The Boxer

1981 This is a great clip, Old Friends and Feeling Groovy.

2003 Bridge Over Troubled Water

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Blogger Merle said...

Hi Raggedy ~~ Great post about Simon and Garfunkel who made such a lot of
beautiful music for us to enjoy.
Thank you for your visit, glad you enjoy. Take care, Love, Merle.

February 19, 2007 12:07 AM  
Blogger Wendy Ann Edwina D'Cunha e Pereira said...

My husband is a big fan of the duo and I have heard a lot about them from him... must pass on this info to him... I remember we performed sound of silence in our school (in voices - way back in the 80s) music competition. We got the first prize for that particular competition...

February 19, 2007 2:00 AM  
Blogger Jeanette said...

Hi Raggedy, nice post on Simon and Garfunkle they were a good Duo,one of my favorites was bridge over troubled waters . Take care.(((HUGS)))Jen

February 19, 2007 6:17 AM  
Blogger Ed Bremson, MFA said...

i may have said this before but I saw Simon & Garfunkel in concert in the 60s. Great. I've always loved them together and individually.

Have a nice day, Raggedy. Stay cool, but not too cool . . .lol

February 19, 2007 11:08 AM  
Blogger OldLady Of The Hills said...

It is lovely to be reminded of the beauty and brilliance of this very talented duo...They certainly created some deeply memorable songs---songs that will live forever! Thanks Raggedy. As always, it is a joy to visit you!

February 19, 2007 2:15 PM  
Blogger cube said...

What a blast from the past!

February 19, 2007 4:07 PM  
Blogger cube said...

What a blast from the past!

February 19, 2007 4:07 PM  
Blogger cube said...

Sorry, I have the hiccups ;-)

February 19, 2007 4:08 PM  
Blogger Pear tree cottage! said...

O! bring back the memories of those "good old days" were music was easy on the ears and a joy to behold.

a great post Raggedy.......and so nice to visit your blog page.

I will be back again soon I am sure.

February 19, 2007 4:10 PM  
Blogger Tamara said...

I'm humming a S & G tune in my head now.Thanks for the thorough post about them!

February 19, 2007 5:21 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

Nice post. I am not a big fan of theirs--you can think I am crazy--but you can't deny their contributions to American music.

February 19, 2007 9:01 PM  
Blogger Walker said...

I enjoy some of their m=usic especially if zi am laying back relaxing.
Sound of silence being one of my favorites.

Thanks for the tunes and the memories.

Have a nice day Raggedy

February 19, 2007 11:13 PM  
Blogger Skunkfeathers said...

In 1968, the class had to do an "analysis" of the message in Sound of Silence. I have no memory of what I came up with; but it was good enough for a "winging it" 11 year old to get an "A".

We won't talk about the English test that followed, though...

February 20, 2007 4:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My daughter and I saw their reunion concert in 2003 and they were fantastic!

February 24, 2007 6:05 AM  

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