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Simon & Garfunkel – Folk Rock from the 60s and 70s


October 22, 2016

I can’t remember hearing any music by Simon & Garfunkel before seeing “The Graduate” (1967) when it aired on broadcast television. I was young, a pre-teen, back then.

As always back then, my older sisters controlled the music being played at home, which didn’t include Simon & Garfunkel. It was always whatever was popular when my father wasn’t around. He only listened to country music and that’s the only music allowed to be played when he was home.

I can’t tell you when or where I heard the music of Simon & Garfunkel, but I most likely heard it most often on my car radio while driving from state to state.

Mrs. Robinson – 1967 and 1968

I was reminded of Simon & Garfunkel when I was watching yet another rerun of “Wayne’s World 2” (1993) on cable television recently. The scene where Wayne breaks up the wedding is a parody of the same scene in “The Graduate”.

 
The version of “Mrs. Robinson” included in the “The Graduate” was not the finished song.

The Sound of Silence – 1964 and 1965

The original version of this song appeared on the “Wednesday Morning, 3 AM” album of 1964. The well-known hit is the remastered version that was released as a single in 1965.

Scarborough Fair – 1966

While Simon & Garfunkel recorded more songs than these before they split up in 1970, these were all included in the “The Graduate” of 1967.

Bridge Over Troubled Water – 1970

This song was sung solo by Art Garfunkel. It’s the last song I can remember (hearing) coming from the pair:

I’ve listened to a lot of music by Paul Simon as a solo artist over the years far more often than any of the songs that were hits by the duo. What’s amazing me to me is that Simon, at the age of 75, is still writing songs, singing and performing on stage.

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