Bookends 

Simon & Garfunkel release their fourth album on April 3, 1968.

It’s #234 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

 

Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. 

55 years ago today ~ October 19, 1964 ~ the debut album from Simon & Garfunkel is released. It doesn’t do much initially but later, producer Tom Wilson overdubs “Sounds of Silence” adding drums, electric guitar and bass, and the single takes off. The album is re-released in 1966 and the rest is … well … you know the rest.

 

January 26, 1970 ~ Simon and Garfunkel release their final album together.

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Both the single and the album shoot to #1 in America, and make nests there, with the album spending 10 weeks at the top spot and the single staying for six. They sweep the Grammy Awards, winning for Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

The album sells over 25 million copies — many of the songs deal with the duo’s long friendship and the fracture of their musical relationship: “The Only Living Boy In New York” was written by Simon to express his loneliness after Garfunkel spent months away making a movie.