Although there are some pearls among the sand in today’s music industry, nothing seems to compare to the tunes that were coming out of the mid to late-20th century. The music of yesteryear just happens to stand the test of time much better than anything coming through the airwaves today will. Just think of Elvis, the Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, the Beatles, the Jackson 5, and of course, Simon & Garfunkel.
One of the most remarkable singing duos of all time, Simon & Garfunkel created memorable music that resonated with an entire generation. However, their music has continued to live on despite its two members feuding like it was no body’s business. If you didn’t know, Simon and Garfunkel, the singers, have not been on good terms in about fifty years.
Although Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon created a massive hit with “The Sound of Silence,” the group remained silent for five decades as they battled each other out behind the scenes. Paul Simon went on to have solo success, but Garfunkel largely receded into the shadows of the industry.
The song, “The Sound of Silence,” was released just three months after John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. This led many people to believe that Paul Simon wrote the song in response to the murder that changed the country. Since then the song has continued to be played on the radio, gaining a following not just because of its topic association, but because it just sounds darn good – and the lyrics are killer too.
At the turn of the millennium, “The Sound of Silence” proudly took the eighteenth spot of the twenty songs played the most during the 20th century. That’s an honor to behold. And when Rolling Stone released its massive list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, Simon & Garfunkel’s crowned jewel made it on the list as number 157. Without a doubt, the song is not going anywhere. Many people have covered, including the reality television star Todd Hoffman from the Gold Diggers.
For the first time in five decades, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel did something unprecedented. They put aside their stark differences to come together on a stage and perform “The Sound of Silence” for a live audience. Although they’ve lost some of their youthful vocal abilities, the song still proves to be a magical experience for the ears as those in the audience would be glad to attest.
While five decades might have passed since the song was released, not too much changed. Garfunkel still wore his characteristic frizzy hair and Paul Simon still strapped on his guitar and sang. Since breaking up at the height of their fame in 1970, this is the first time they’ve gotten together to sing. And it was a huge success.
Although this performance between the duo was popular, Simon made it clear that a possible reunion tour with Garfunkel is “out of the question.”
And with Garfunkel calling Simon an “idiot,” a “jerk” and a “monster,” it doesn’t seem like they’re going to be friendly enough to sing the song again for another fifty years.
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