One half of arguably one of the most famous duos in modern music history, Art Garfunkel has enjoyed a long career in the music field along with being a celebrated poet and actor. While his collaboration with Paul Simon garnered him the lion’s share of the fame he enjoys, Art Garfunkel has been incredibly successful on his own, enjoying six top-40 hits, 30 singles that have charted in Adult Contemporary music with five reaching number one. Along with Paul Simon, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
See this member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame live at the Fallsview Casino on February 25th, 2017. The event, which is a mixture of concert and story telling, takes place inside the Avalon Theatre Ballroom.
Simon and Garfunkel History
In sixth grade, Art met Paul Simon and the two fast became a singing duo. They performed at various school functions and by 1957 had their first hit song “Hey, Schoolgirl” under the name of “Tom & Jerry” from the famous MGM cartoon series. There were no follow-up singles at the time since both Simon and Garfunkel attended and graduated from college.
By 1963, they changed their group name to “Simon and Garfunkel” and released their first album, “Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.”. The album was not well received and the duo temporarily broke up. However, one song from the album, “The Sound of Silence” was lifted and became their first number one single.
From there, Simon and Garfunkel enjoyed a string of big hits that culminated in 1970 with “Bridge Over Troubled Waters”. From there, the duo went their separate ways for a few years to pursue their own interests. Since then, Simon and Garfunkel have reunited on several occasions, most notably their reunion at Central Park in 1981 and subsequent world tour.
Art Ganfunkel Recent Years
By the mid-1990s, Garfunkel released a live concert album “Across America” which was a modest hit in the UK. He also recorded the theme song for the 1991 show, “Brooklyn Bridge” and made various appearances on television and the stage. By 2003, Garfunkel released his first album of all original material, “Everything Waits to Be Noticed” which garnered some attention before he teamed up with Paul Simon again in the same year to engage in another world tour.
Since that time, Art Garfunkel has made various appearances on the stage, television shows, and re-teaming with Paul Simon in 2009 at New York’s Beacon Theatre which was very well received. However, their world tour was cancelled in 2010 when Garfunkel was afflicted with vocal cord paresis. Over the next few years the conditions would keep him from performing consistently on stage until 2014 when he finally overcame it and now performs on a more regular basis.
Seeing Art Garfunkel live in concert is a great thing to do this February in Niagara Falls.
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