New York-based folk rock duo, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel began their career as a late 50s doo-wop flavoured duo called Tom & Jerry. Simon subsequently travelled to London and live in Brentwood, Essex in the early 60s, bringing the young singer into the orbit of British folk revivalists such as Davy Graham and Bert Jansch. He incorporated this folk influence into his subsequent work with Garfunkel, but the duo only made their breakthrough when a full band was spliced onto The Sounds Of Silence, the single was a smash hit and saw the pair feted as leading lights of the burgeoning folk rock movement. Subsequent albums incorporated elements of Latin American folk, and classic soul alongside their literate folk rock, setting the template for Simon's pan-cultural solo career. Although the duo split after 1970's masterful Bridge Over Troubled Water, they reunited sporadically for live performances, including a North American tour in 2003. If the Everly Brothers are the Kings of duo-harmony, Simon & Garfunkel are the Crown Princes.
Followers: Evan Jaron, The Connells, America, James Taylor
Influenced By: Everly Brothers, The Five Satins, Martin Carthy, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Flamingos...