Tag: Simon & Garfunkel

Tuesday 12/20/22 11pm ET: Feature LP: Simon & Garfunkel – Sounds of Silence (1966)

Sounds of Silence is the second studio album by American folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel, released on January 17, 1966. The album’s title is a slight modification of the title of the duo’s first major hit, “The Sound of Silence”, which originally was released as “The Sounds of Silence”. The song had earlier been released in an acoustic version on the album Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., and later on the soundtrack to the movie The Graduate. Without the knowledge of Paul Simon or Art Garfunkel, electric guitars, bass and drums were overdubbed by Columbia Records staff producer Tom Wilson on June 15, 1965. This new version was released as a single in September 1965, and opens the album.

“Homeward Bound” was released on the album in the UK, placed at the beginning of Side 2 before “Richard Cory”. It was later released in the US on the following album, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. It was also released as part of the box set Simon & Garfunkel Collected Works, on both LP and CD. Many of the songs in the album had been written by Paul Simon while he lived in London during 1965.

Solo acoustic versions of “I Am a Rock”, “Leaves That Are Green”, “April Come She Will”, “A Most Peculiar Man”, and “Kathy’s Song” had appeared on The Paul Simon Songbook, released in August 1965 in England as had another version of the title track. “Richard Cory” was based on the poem “Richard Cory” by Edwin Arlington Robinson, “Somewhere They Can’t Find Me” was essentially a rewrite of the previous album’s “Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.”, “We’ve Got a Groovy Thing Goin'” had appeared on the b-side of “The Sound of Silence” a few months before and “Anji” was a cover of an instrumental piece by guitarist Davey Graham whom Simon had met in England. Hence the only brand new Paul Simon composition on the album was “Blessed”.

The album is also included in its entirety as part of the Simon & Garfunkel box sets Collected Works and The Columbia Studio Recordings (1964–1970). On March 22, 2013, it was announced that the album will be preserved by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry, calling it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

  1. “The Sound of Silence” 3:08
  2. “Leaves That Are Green” 2:23
  3. “Blessed” 3:16
  4. “Kathy’s Song” 3:21
  5. “Somewhere They Can’t Find Me” 2:37
  6. “Anji” 2:17
  7. “Richard Cory” 2:57
  8. “A Most Peculiar Man” 2:34
  9. “April Come She Will” 1:51
  10. “We’ve Got a Groovy Thing Goin'” 2:00
  11. “I Am a Rock” 2:50
  12. “Blues Run the Game” 2:55
  13. “Barbriallen” (Demo, previously unissued) 4:06
  14. “Rose of Aberdeen” (Demo, previously unissued) 2:02
  15. “Roving Gambler” (Demo, previously unissued) 3:03

Paul Simon – lead vocals, guitar
Art Garfunkel – lead vocals
Fred Carter Jr., Glen Campbell, Joe South – guitar
Larry Knechtel – keyboards
Joe Osborn – bass guitar
Hal Blaine – drums

Al Gorgoni, Vinnie Bell – guitar
Joe Mack – bass guitar
Bobby Gregg – drums

Wednesday 11/2/22 10am ET: Classic Greatest Hits LP: Simon & Garfunkel – Greatest Hits (1972)

Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits is the first compilation album from Simon & Garfunkel, which was released on June 14, 1972, two years after Simon & Garfunkel had parted ways. The album is currently available on CD under Legacy’s Playlist banner.

Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits peaked on the U.S. albums chart at No. 5. On the UK Album Chart, it was a No. 2 hit. The album has proven a long and durable seller, currently being certified for 14 million units sold in the U.S. alone. It is easily their best-selling album in the U.S., and holds the record in the U.S. for the best-selling album by a duo.

In 2003, the album was ranked No. 293 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

“Mrs. Robinson” 3:51
“For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her” (Live) 2:25
“The Boxer” 5:11
“The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” 1:50
“The Sound of Silence” 3:11
“I Am a Rock” 2:53
“Scarborough Fair/Canticle” 3:09
“Homeward Bound” 2:42
“Bridge over Troubled Water” 4:53
“America” 3:33
“Kathy’s Song” 3:23
“El Condor Pasa (If I Could)” 3:08
“Bookends” 1:21
“Cecilia” 2:53

Monday 5/16/22 9am ET: Feature LP: Simon & Garfunkel – Bookends (1968)

Bookends is the fourth studio album by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel. Produced by Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel and Roy Halee, the album was released on April 3, 1968, in the United States by Columbia Records. The duo had risen to fame two years prior with the albums Sounds of Silence and Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme and the soundtrack album for the 1967 film The Graduate.

Bookends is a concept album that explores a life journey from childhood to old age. Side one of the album marks successive stages in life, the theme serving as bookends to the life cycle. Side two largely consists of previously-released singles and of unused material for The Graduate soundtrack. Simon’s lyrics concern youth, disillusionment, relationships, old age, and mortality. Much of the material was crafted alongside producer John Simon (no relation), who joined the recording when Paul Simon suffered from writer’s block. The album was recorded gradually over the period of a year, with production speeding up around the later months of 1967.

Initial sales for Bookends were substantial in the US, and the album produced the number-one single “Mrs. Robinson”. The album sold well in the US and in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number one. Bookends was considered a breakthrough for the duo, placing them on the same level as artists such as Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and The Rolling Stones at the forefront of the cultural movement in the 1960s. The album has continued to receive critical acclaim and is debated by critics as to whether it or Bridge Over Troubled Water is Simon & Garfunkel’s best album.

  1. “Bookends Theme” 0:32
  2. “Save the Life of My Child” 2:49
  3. “America” 3:35
  4. “Overs” 2:14
  5. “Voices of Old People” 2:07
  6. “Old Friends” 2:36
  7. “Bookends Theme” 1:16
  8. “Fakin’ It” 3:17
  9. “Punky’s Dilemma” 2:12
  10. “Mrs. Robinson” 4:02
  11. “A Hazy Shade of Winter” 2:17
  12. “At the Zoo” 2:23
  13. “You Don’t Know Where Your Interest Lies” 2:18
  14. “Old Friends” (Demo version) 2:10

Paul Simon – vocals, guitar
Art Garfunkel – vocals, tapes, percussion
Hal Blaine – drums, percussion
Joe Osborn – bass guitar
Larry Knechtel – piano, keyboards, bass guitar on “Mrs Robinson”
John Simon – synthesizer on “Save The Life Of My Child”

Wednesday 10/13/21 12pm ET: Artist Countdown: Paul Simon / Simon & Garfunkel Top 30 Hits

Paul Simon is an American singer-songwriter, known not only for his solo work, but also as a member of the folk-duo Simon & Garfunkel with Art Garfunkel. He has released studio albums, live albums, compilation albums and singles. His music career has spanned over 50 years. He started recording music in the 1950s and his most recent album, In the Blue Light, was released on September 7, 2018.

Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and producer. Simon’s musical career has spanned over six decades. He is widely regarded as one of the most acclaimed songwriters in popular music history.

Arthur Ira Garfunkel (born November 5, 1941) is an American singer, poet, and actor. He is best known for his partnership with Paul Simon in the folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel.

Monday 10pm: LP Lounge with Willie B

This week we focus on 2 albums by 2 sets of duets – (2 x 2 = quad) – both LPs we feature today were released on LP, and LP only – in SQ quadraphonic sound, and to this day, the only way to hear these specific mixes is by locating a copy of the gold bordered LPs.

Now I’ve been given a bit of flac (or wav in some cases) for taking that position, as some of the LPs, notably last week’s Angel Clair and this week’s Loggins and Messina have been reissued in quad, using the original 4 channel masters from the 70s. But those 4 channel mixes had to be further mixed down for mastering to LP. As a result – you can buy some of these albums in quadraphonic sound -BUT- the only way to hear the final LP mixdown – remains on the original LP release.

Even if you buy the new quad releases from Audio Fidelity or Vocalion – which, BTW, I highly recommend – and opt to play them in stereo – the resulting mix will more closely approximate the original stereo mix, not the SQ.
In order to produce these particular LPs the engineer ran the 4 channel master tapes through an SQ encoder. The result; what was meant for the rear channels, would seem to be centered between the left and right stereo speakers, but 90 degrees out of phase, and 3db lower in volume. Decoding these LPs roughly reversed the process. So to my critics, and I have a few, I stand by my position that the mixes you hear on these broadcasts (of these LPs) can only be had, if you have the actual LP.

Well enough of that, when we get to some of the LPs released in the CD-4 system, I’ll stir up the pot among the quad faithful once again. – Willie B

Sunday with Ron Kovacs (8a – 12p) ET

SundayJoin Ron Kovacs for another edition of Sunday.  This week music from Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull, Steeleye Span, The Band, The Beach Boys, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Mamas & the Papas, Simon & Garfunkel, Ryan Adams, Joan Armatrading, Beck, Jackson Browne, Harry Chapin, Tracy Chapman, Jim Croce, Donovan, Bob Dylan, Dan Fogleberg, Steve Forbert, Ben Howard, Carole King, Mark Knopfler, Gordon Lightfoot, Van Morrison, Patrick Park, Ed Sheeran, Bruce Springsteen, Cat Stevens, Teddy Thompson, Eddie Vedder, Neil Young, Warren Zevon and more . .. .   Live starting 8am on RadioMaxMusic.

Artist Countdown: Simon and Garfunkel Top 35 Hits 6pm ET @RadioMax

S&GSimon & Garfunkel were an American music duo consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel (both born in 1941). They formed the group Tom & Jerry in 1957 and had their first success with the minor hit “Hey, Schoolgirl”. As Simon & Garfunkel, the duo rose to fame in 1965, largely on the strength of the hit single “The Sound of Silence“. Their music was featured in the landmark film The Graduate (1967), propelling them further into the public consciousness.

They are well known for their vocal harmonies and were among the most popular recording artists of the 1960s. Their biggest hits – including “The Sound of Silence” (1964), “I Am a Rock” (1965), “Homeward Bound” (1965), “Scarborough Fair/Canticle” (1966), “A Hazy Shade of Winter” (1966), “Mrs. Robinson” (1968), “Bridge over Troubled Water” (1969), “The Boxer” (1969), and “Cecilia” (1969) – reached number one in several charts. They have received several Grammy Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

Their sometimes rocky relationship led to their last album, Bridge over Troubled Water, being delayed several times due to artistic disagreements, and as a result the duo broke up in 1970. It was their most successful album worldwide to date, reaching number one in several countries, including the United States, and receiving 8× platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America, making it their highest-selling studio album in the U.S. and second-highest album overall. Simon & Garfunkel have, at times, reunited to perform and sometimes tour together. They have done so in every decade since the 1970 breakup, most famously for 1981’s “The Concert in Central Park”, which attracted more than 500,000 people, making it the 7th-most attended concert in the history of music. In 2004, they were ranked No. 40 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.

PaulSImonPaul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American musician and singer-songwriter. Simon’s fame, influence, and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with musical partner Art Garfunkel. Simon wrote most of the pair’s songs, including three that reached No. 1 on the U.S. singles charts: “The Sound of Silence”, “Mrs. Robinson”, and “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. In 1986, he released Graceland, an album inspired by South African township music. Simon also wrote and starred in the film One-Trick Pony (1980) and co-wrote the Broadway musical The Capeman (1998) with the poet Derek Walcott.

Simon has earned 12 Grammys for his solo and collaborative work, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2001, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2006 was selected as one of the “100 People Who Shaped the World” by Time magazine. Among many other honors, Simon was the first recipient of the Library of Congress’s Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2007. In 1986, Simon was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music, where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees

36th AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Warren Beatty - HollywoodArthur Ira “Art” Garfunkel (born November 5, 1941) is a Grammy-award winning American singer, poet, and Golden Globe-nominated actor best known for being one half of the folk duo Simon & Garfunkel.

Highlights of his solo music career include a top 10 hit, three top 20 hits, six top 40 hits, 14 Adult Contemporary top 30 singles, five Adult Contemporary number ones, two UK number ones and a People’s Choice Award. Through his solo and collaborative work, Garfunkel has earned six Grammys, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1990, he and former musical partner Paul Simon were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

(Source: Wikipedia)

1 The Boxer   Simon & Garfunkel
2 Bridge over Troubled Water   Simon & Garfunkel
3 Mother and Child Reunion  Paul Simon
4 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover Paul Simon
5 Kodachrome Paul Simon
6 Mrs. Robinson Simon & Garfunkel
7 Loves Me Like a Rock Paul Simon
8 El Condor Pasa (If I Could) Simon & Garfunkel
9 Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard Paul Simon
10 Slip Slidin’ Away Paul Simon
11 You Can Call Me Al Paul Simon
12 Late in the Evening Paul Simon
13 Cecilia  (Simon & Garfunkel) Simon & Garfunkel
14 I Am a Rock Simon & Garfunkel
15 My Little Town  (Simon & Garfunkel) Simon & Garfunkel
16 The Sound of Silence Simon & Garfunkel
17 Wonderful World  Art Garfunkel and James Taylor
18 Homeward Bound Simon & Garfunkel
19 Still Crazy After All These Years Paul Simon
20 All I Know Art Garfunkel
21 The Obvious Child  Paul Simon
22 Gone at Last Paul Simon & Phoebe Snow and The Jessy Dixon Singers
23 The Boy in the Bubble  Paul Simon
24 Allergies  Paul Simon
25 Scarborough Fair/Canticle Simon & Garfunkel
26 American Tune Paul Simon
27 I Only Have Eyes For You Art Garfunkel
28 Duncan Paul Simon
29 Graceland  Paul Simon
30 One-Trick Pony Paul Simon
31 A Hazy Shade of Winter  Simon & Garfunkel
32 Diamonds of The Sole of Her Shoes Paul Simon
33 Keep the Customer Satisfied Simon & Garfunkel
34 Bright Eyes Art Garfunkel
35 Only Living Boy In New York City Simon & Garfunkel