Simon and Garfunkel: A Legendary Duo with a Complex Relationship

Iconic Folk-Rock Partnership
Simon and Garfunkel, one of the most renowned musical duos, rose to fame in the 1960s. As folk-rock icons, they have sold over 100 million records, leaving an indelible mark in the music industry.

A Memorable Live Performance
In a surprise live performance in 2009, captured in the video below, Simon and Garfunkel performed ‘The Sound of Silence’ with evident camaraderie, engaging a delighted audience. This performance preluded what would become their final public appearance together a year later.

A Relationship Marked by Highs and Lows
Despite their success with hits like ‘The Sound of Silence’ and ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, Simon and Garfunkel are equally known for their turbulent relationship, characterized by public disagreements throughout their careers.

Early Beginnings and Rising Tensions
Meeting at just eleven years old at Parsons High School in Queens, New York, they discovered a shared passion for music. Their initial success came with the release of ‘Hey Schoolgirl’ in 1957 under the name ‘Tom and Jerry’. However, their partnership faced challenges when Simon was offered a solo deal, sparking the first of many feuds.

A Cycle of Success and Strife
Over the years, the duo achieved significant milestones, including winning 10 Grammy Awards and induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Despite these achievements, their relationship was marked by ongoing cycles of breakups and reunions. Notably, tensions escalated during the making of the 1970s movie ‘Catch 22’, leading to further discord.

Watch Simon and Garfunkel’s captivating 2009 live performance of ‘The Sound of Silence’, a testament to their musical chemistry despite a complex relationship. This performance remains a highlight of their storied career.