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Music – 1980 – Simon & Garfunkle – Sound Of Silence + Bridge Over Troubled Water

Obviously, this is not Art Garfunkel singing with Paul Simon in this 1980 music video from Saturday Night Live ….but rather Charles Grodin imitating Art Garfunkel….as they sing the classic duet’s songs…..Sound of Silence and Bridge Over Troubled Water…..but it is such good comedy, that we just had to post this video seen herewith in the music section….just to add a touch of humor to our fabulously diverse vintage music video library.

“The Sound of Silence” is a song by the American music duo Simon & Garfunkel. The song was written by Paul Simon over a period of several months in 1963 and 1964. A studio audition led to the duo signing a record deal with Columbia Records….and the song was recorded in March 1964 at Columbia Studios in New York City for inclusion on their debut album, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M..

The song hit # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending January 1, 1966….and was a top-ten hit in multiple countries worldwide….which is generally considered a classic folk rock song,…which was  added to the National Recording Registry in the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important” in 2012. 

Bridge over Troubled Water is a song produced by the duo and Roy Halee….and released as the follow-up single to “The Boxer” in January 1970. The song is featured on their fifth studio album, Bridge over Troubled Water (1970)…..which was composed by singer-songwriter Paul Simon….and performed on piano….as it carries the influence of gospel music. 

It was the last song recorded for their fifth and final album, but the first fully completed….which won five awards at the 13th Annual Grammy Awards in 1971….including Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Song of the Year…..and became Simon & Garfunkel’s biggest hit single….which is often considered their signature song. It was a # 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks….and it also topped the charts in the United Kingdom, Canada, France and New Zealand.  It was a top five hit in eight other countries as well….while eventually selling over six million copies worldwide….making it among the best-selling singles. It became one of the most performed songs of the twentieth century, with over 50 artists, among them Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin, covering the song….and It was ranked # 48 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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