Takes From the Top: Recording Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Sounds of Silence’
In late 1963, SongHall Inductee Paul Simon, an ambitious young Marks Music song plugger, convinced producer Tom Wilson that his backlog of original urban folk songs was worthy of a Columbia recording contract. But by the time Simon and his partner, childhood pal Art Garfunkel, convened inside Columbia’s 799 7th Avenue studios the following March, the world was a far different place. One month earlier, the Beatles had landed, irrevocably changing the musical landscape. Though expertly crafted and brimming with the meticulous vocal harmony that would later become their hallmark, Simon and Garfunkel’s debut album, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., hit the streets with a resounding thud. A frustrated Simon packed his bags and headed for England, leaving Garfunkel to resume his studies at Columbia University.
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