Seven Simon & Garfunkel Tunes You Gotta Have
1. The Boxer
2. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
4. Scarborough Fair / Canticle
5. The Sound of Silence
The song caught the attention of a record producer when Simon & Garfunkel sang it at Gerdes Folk City in New York under the name "Kane and Garr" in 1963.
Though the song impressed record producers when the duo performed it again at Folk City to promote the release of Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., it was not well received. It's said the song became a joke among audience goers, and when the album released two months later it sold a measly 3,000 copies. Simon & Garfunkel broke up as a result of the failure.
Paul Simon moved to London and recorded a version of the song for his solo album The Paul Simon Songbook.
Back in the U.S., with help from artists like Bob Dylan and the Byrds, folk music had started to break through on the pop charts, and a late-night DJ in Boston had started playing "The Sound of Silence." A cult following among college students was born.
"The Sound of Silence" hit number one on the Hot 100 on December 4, 1965 and spent 12 weeks on the charts. The song's success brought Simon & Garfunkel back together and their second album was named Sounds of Silence to try to capitalize on the success.
Though Simon & Garfunkel have broken up and reunited several times, there's something special about "The Sound of Silence" that makes it a must-have for any music lover.