Simon & Garfunkel - The Sounds of Silence
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Simon & Garfunkel - The Sounds of Silence
January 3, 1968 www.amazon.com Watch the full show: thesixtiesarchive.blogspot.com "The Sounds of Silence" is the song that propelled the 1960s folk music duo Simon and Garfunkel to popularity. It was written in February 1964 by Paul Simon in the aftermath of the November 22, 1963 assassination of US President John F. Kennedy. The song features Simon on acoustic guitar and both Simon and Garfunkel singing. It was originally recorded as an acoustic piece for their first album Wednesday Morning, 3 AM www.amazon.com but on the initiative of the record company was later overdubbed with electric instruments and re-released as a single in September 1965. The single reached number one on New Year's Day 1966 and was included in the 1966 album Sounds of Silence. www.amazon.com The song was originally called "The Sounds of Silence" and is titled that way on the early albums in which it appeared and on the single. In later compilations it was retitled "The Sound of Silence". Both the singular and the plural form of the word appear in the lyrics. In his book Lyrics 1964--2008 www.amazon.com Simon has the title in the singular. The song was used three times in the film The Graduate, www.amazon.com played during the opening credits and the closing footage. Its use in "The Graduate" was parodied in the comedy film Old School, www.amazon.com when Will Ferrell gets shot with a tranquilizer dart and falls into the pool going into a dream daze and also in Kingpin, when it was played ...
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