The Complicated Career Of Simon & Garfunkel

Jenna Goldberg | December 3, 2019 2:36 pm

Simon & Garfunkel were a music duo made up of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. During the height of their career in the 1960s, they were one of the best-selling music groups of their time, with some of their greatest hits including, “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Mrs. Robinson,” and “The Boxer,” among others. However, although they were a successful pair musically, they had a rocky relationship that eventually led to them breaking up in 1970. Although they have reunited numerous times, they still haven’t made amends. Take a deeper look into the lives and careers of Simon and Garfunkel and what makes them such a notable pair of musicians.

They Met in School

Simon and Garfunkel
Keystone/Getty Images
Keystone/Getty Images

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel were both raised in the predominantly Jewish neighborhood of Forest Hills in Queens, New York. The two met in school during the sixth grade in 1953, and they both performed in their school play of Alice in Wonderland: Simon playing the White Rabbit and Garfunkel playing the Cheshire Cat.

According to Garfunkel, “As I entered Parsons Junior High where the tough kids were, Paul Simon became my one and only friend. We saw each other’s uniqueness. We smoked our first cigarettes. We had retreated from all other kids. And we laughed.”