Friday, April 30, 2010

Five on Friday - Simon and Garfunkel

I missed Travis' Five on Friday meme last week but wanted to make sure that I joined in this week. If you'd like to join in sometime, too, it's really very simple. All you have to do is:
  • Grab the banner, make your post title Five on Friday, and be sure to link back here.
  • Go to Playlist.com to make your play list of five songs. Choose a particular theme to share with us. You can simply post the play list, or you can add a little summary about what you are sharing.
  • Pop over to Trav's Thoughts and leave your link so that others can find you! 
  • No tags, but feel free to invite your friends to play along if they need a post topic on a Friday.
and poof! - you're playing along!

This week I decided to go with one of my very favorite duos made up of two gentlemen who have outstanding voices on their own and then when you put them together it equals just about perfection:  Simon and Garfunkel. 

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel grew up just blocks away from each other in Queens, New York and met in 1953 while they were both in elementary school performing in their school's production of Alice in Wonderland - Simon as the White Rabbit and Garfunkel as the Cheshire Cat. Their friendship continued throughout their school years and in their junior year of high school they began performing together as Tom and Jerry, with Simon as Jerry Landis (whose last name he borrowed from a girl he had been dating) and Garfunkel as Tom Graph (so called because he was fond of tracking - aka graphing - hits on the pop charts).

In 1955 they began writing their own music with their first professional recording Hey, Schoolgirl on Big Records in 1957 hitting #49 on the Billboard Magazine charts. After that the group split up while each went on to separate colleges but they reunited in 1963 and found prominence as part of the Greenwich Village folk music scene. In 1964 they broke up again while Paul Simon went over to England and toured provincial folk clubs and then reunited again in 1966 when their single The Sounds of Silence hit #1 on the pop charts.

Their fifth and final studio album Bridge Over Troubled Water was released in January of 1970 with the title song  staying at #1 on the charts for six weeks.  Simon and Garfunkel went on to win Album and Record of the Year with it at the 1971 Grammys but it was the end of the line for the duo that just couldn't seem to get past their artistic conflicts to stay together.

Since then, the duo has reunited for tours several times with the most notable being their free concert in Central Park on September 19th, 1981 that drew over 500,000 people.  Obviously I'm not the only one who liked their music!  Their latest tour "Old Friends" will kick off this July in Vancouver, British Columbia with a stop here in Connecticut at the Mohegan Sun Casino Arena on July 29th.  As much as I'd love to go, I can't afford the tickets but if I could, I'd be right there with the rest of the audience singing along to songs that light the memories of my childhood and bring back simpler times.  Ah well, it doesn't cost me anything to pop in the CD!

16 comments:

  1. When I was expecting my first son in 1970/71 I used to play my Simon and Garfunkel LP all the time!

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  2. some years back sarge and i went to miami for the weekend to see paul simon. it was his graceland tour and it was wonderful. what a voice. and what a show.

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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  3. I use to work at an oldies radio station as a DJ and I would play these guys once an hour.

    Ed
    http://www.themusicboard.info

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  4. The Concert in Central Park CD is a permanent fixture in my CD changer. It is always one of my Five!

    I wonder if they're coming to the Swamp? I'd totally be there!

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  5. Glad you have done it again!
    beautiful post!

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  6. http://itistimetothinkformyself.blogspot.com/2010/04/from-friends-to-friends-awards.html

    friendship awards,
    hope to see you again!

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  7. Great selection. S & G are almost the soundtrack of my life. El Condor Pasa is one of my favorites, but the list of "Ooooh I Like that one too" goes on forever. They are great talents. Maybe you could rob a bank or something and get S&G Tickets and Amanda's college all at the same time. :-)

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  8. My husband and I really enjoyed your set, Linda. His favorite is Bridge Over Troubled Water, and mine is If I Could.

    Simon and Garfunkel are even coming here! To Halifax! My best friend has tickets, and I know her favorite has always been The Boxer.

    My husband and I caught Paul Simon's Graceland tour when we lived in Toronto. I still love that album.

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  9. Don't forget that you picked this week's Take This Tune

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  10. We're off to the boat, but you wanted pictures of the political sailboat. Here's the link...

    Winners

    Off to the boat. Have a terrific weekend. Big hug. :)

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  11. Excellent mix of their music. Their performance at the R&R HOF concert was very good indeed

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  12. Dick and I both have always been big S&G fans. Love all these songs. Their voices are just the best and blend soooo well. Too bad they couldn't stay together.

    Big hugs...

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  13. Oh wow, this reminds me of a simpler time and place as well.

    Can't pick a fave of these five. I'm listening to "If I Could" - great song.

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  14. I always learn something new here :) Did not know much about S&G before.
    Have a great weekend, Lin!

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  15. I already know I love this Set, so it's going to be fantastic when Pam and I listen this weekend.

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  16. I love Simon and Garfunkel! Time to make a new playlist for my MP3 player. :)

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