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Simon and Garfunkel are an American popular music duo comprised of Paul Simon and Arthur “Art” Garfunkel. They met in grade school in 1953, when they both appeared in the school play Alice in Wonderland (Simon as the White Rabbit, Garfunkel as The Cheshire Cat). They formed the group Tom and Jerry in 1957, and had their first taste of success with the minor hit “Hey Schoolgirl.” As Simon and Garfunkel, the duo rose to fame in 1965 backed by the hit single “The Sound of Silence.” Their music was featured on the landmark film, The Graduate, propelling them further into the public consciousness. They are well known for their close harmonies and sometimes unstable relationship. Their last album, Bridge Over Troubled Water, was marked with several delays caused by artistic differences. Simon and Garfunkel were among the most popular recording artists of the 1960s, and are best known for their songs “The Sound of Silence,” “Mrs. Robinson,” and “Bridge over Troubled Water.” They have received several Grammys and are inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (2007). In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Simon and Garfunkel #40 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
They have reunited on several occasions since their 1970 break-up, most famously for 1981’s The Concert in Central Park, which attracted 500,000 people.