One of the most celebrated duos in the world!
Simon & Garfunkel was a hugely successful American folk duo. Formed in 1957 under the name Tom & Jerry, they started out imitating their favorite duo, Everly Brothers.
In 1963, they signed for Columbia Records and released Wednesday Morning 3 A.M. The record initially sold so poorly that Paul actually moved on to pursue a solo career.
While he was away in England working on new material, and Art returned to his university studies, the record label took the decision to overdub drums, bass, and electric guitars on their recording Sound Of Silence.
The label released it in its new dressed-up version as a single without telling either Art or Paul. The song went to #1 and the duo quickly reunited.
Their second album, entitled The Sound Of Silence quickly followed, now with the overdubs! Other notable tunes were Homeward Bound (U.K. only), I Am A Rock, and Kathy’s Song.
In 1966, they released Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. Here you’d find tunes such as Scarborough Fair, Homeward Bound (again!), and one of my personal favorites, The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy).
Most of these tunes were songs Paul had written while he was in England, thinking the duo was no more.
Their next album, Bookends (1968), really got the band going as it had the song Mrs. Robinson on it and featured in the Dustin Hoffman film The Graduate.
Their time as a group culminated with their final release, Bridge Over Troubled Water in 1970. Here we find the world-famous title track, as well as The Boxer, Cecilia, and El Condor Pasa.
Paul Simon‘s songwriting mastery has been compared with the likes of Bob Dylan and Lennon/McCartney. Their unique sound came from the way their voices would blend as they harmonized on almost every song.
Ironically, for their most famous song, Bridge Over Troubled Water, which Paul wrote, he didn’t play guitar or sing until the final verses.
Following the release of the final album, the duo split and Paul Simon pursued an extremely successful solo career.
Art didn’t do too shabby either. His single Bright Eyes (1979) was the best-selling single in the U.K. at the year of its release. He also released covers such as Wonderful World.
Since the split in 1970, Simon & Garfunkel have had several brief reunions.
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You can learn how to play The Boxer by Simon & Garfunkel using chords, lyrics, chord analysis, and the original recording.
| C | C G/B Am |
I am just a poor boy, though my story’s seldom told…
You can learn how to play Scarborough Fair by Simon & Garfunkel using chords, lyrics, TAB, chord analysis, and Spytunes video guitar lessons.
| A13sus4 | Asus2 | G C/E G | A13sus4 | A7sus2 |
Are you going to Scarborough Fair…
You can learn how to play Wonderful World by Sam Cooke using chords, lyrics, and the original recording.
| B | G#m |
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