Saturday, November 5, 2011

Happy Birthday Art Garfunkel

We here at An Ocean of Noise would like to wish Art Garfunkel a very happy 70th Birthday and a speedy recovery from his recent health troubles.

Art Garfunkel is best known for his role in Simon and Garfunkel (one of my all-time favorite bands), although his talents are wide-ranging indeed. Garfunkel received a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Sandy Kaufman in Carnal Knowledge. He also appeared in the classic Catch-22 as Lieutenant Nately. Garfunkel is also an accomplished poet. In 1989, he published a collection of prose poetry entitled "Still Water" to wide acclaim. He even dabbled on Broadway!

But he is best known for his music. Garfunkel met his co-songwriter Paul Simon in 6th grade and it was said that Simon first became interested in singing after hearing Garfunkel sing a rendition of "Too Young" by Nat King Cole, in a school talent show. The duo went on to great acclaim, releasing "Wednesday Morning, 3 AM" splitting, re-uniting, then recording four more influential albums, Sounds of Silence, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, Bookends, and the wildly successful Bridge Over Troubled Water. The duo split again after the release of Bridge Over Troubled Water, in 1970, over supposed personal differences and divergences in career interests.

While split, Garfunkel and Simon re-united a number of times for concerts, the most famous being 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. I would give anything to have been at that concert.

Below are a number of songs that best illustrate Garfunkel's unbelievable voice.

Bright Eyes

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Old Friends

April Come She Will

Art was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

Happy Birthday Art Garfunkel!


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