Simon And Garfunkel
American duo, Simon And Garfunkel, was formed initially in 1957 as Tom And Jerry. The duo were made up of Paul Simon who writes and sings and singer Art Garfunkel. Still teenagers when they teamed up, no one knows why they picked the names Tom And Jerry. However, not long after, they went separate ways.
After their separation, Paul Simon went solo without much success. They joined forces again amidst the growing popularity of folk music in 1963 with the names Simon and Garfunkel, signing up with Columbia Records.
The new deal did not see their fortunes change for the better as their debut album did not sell to expectation. Eventually, the duo disbanded again for the second time. Paul Simon again went pursuing a solo career.
While separated, their song, The Sound Of Silence started to make an impact in 1965, hitting the number one spot in the US Billboard Hot 100. With this unexpected turn of events, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reunited to release their second album titled Sounds of Silence.
The duo broke up again in 1970 with each going solo, but they did have many reunion performances after that.
Simon & Garfunkel are considered the most popular folk rock act from the 1960s, and one of the most popular artists from the decade in general. Their music made a deep impression on the baby boomer generation, and they are considered alongside artists such as Bob Dylan and the Beatles to be representative of the era’s cultural movements. They have been given 10 Grammy Awards, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, and their Bridge Over Troubled Water album was nominated at the 1977 Brit Awards for Best International Album, and ranked at #51 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.