UMPG represent Paul Simon for his work as a solo artist and as part of Simon & Garfunkel. For more information on his work as a solo artist click here.
The most successful folk-rock duo of the 1960s, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel crafted a series of memorable hit albums and singles featuring their choirboy harmonies, ringing acoustic and electric guitars, and Simon's acute, finely wrought songwriting.
Childhood friends while growing up together, by the early '60s, both Simon and Garfunkel were coming under the influence of folk music. They came together as a folk duo, though Simon's pop roots would serve the act well in their material's synthesis of folk and pop influences. Signing to Columbia, they recorded an initially unsuccessful acoustic debut 1964 ‘Wednesday Morning, 3 AM’. The Simon & Garfunkel story might have ended there, except for a brainstorm of their producer, Tom Wilson, who took the strongest track from S&G's debut, ‘The Sound of Silence’, and embellished it with electric guitars, bass, and drums. It got to number one in early 1966, giving the duo the impetus to reunite and make a serious go at a recording career. In 1966 and 1967 they were regular visitors to the pop charts with some of the best folk-rock of the era, including ‘Homeward Bound’, ‘I Am a Rock’, and ‘A Hazy Shade of Winter’.
Simon & Garfunkel managed to pull off the nifty feat of appealing to varying segments of the pop and rock audience — and various age groups — without compromising their music. ‘Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme’ (late 1966) was their first really consistent album; ‘Bookends’ (1968), which actually blended previously released singles with some new material, reflected their growing maturity. One of its songs, ‘Mrs. Robinson’, became one of the biggest singles of the late '60s after it was prominently featured in one of the best films of the period 'The Graduate' (which also had other Simon & Garfunkel songs on the soundtrack).
Their final studio album ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ was an enormous hit, topping the charts for ten weeks, and containing four hit singles (the title track, ‘The Boxer’, ‘Cecilia’ and ‘El Condor Pasa’).