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Art Garfunkel

Arthur Ira "Art" Garfunkel (born November 5, 1941) together with Paul Simon between 1963 and 1970 formed the folk duo Simon and Garfunkel; before that, between 1956 and 1960, the two had performed together as Tom & Jerry. The combination of Garfunkel's sweet and melodic voice with Simon's song-writing capacities caused the duo to be among the top acts of the 1960s, but, citing personal differences and divergence in career interests, they split following the release of their most critically acclaimed album, Bridge Over Troubled Water, in 1970.

In the 1970s, Garfunkel released a few solo albums, and although he did not reach the heights that Simon and Garfunkel had reached, he still scored hits with I Only Have Eyes For You and Bright Eyes (both British #1 hit singles), and All I Know (top 10 in the United States). In between, he also played in a few movies, including Carnal Knowledge (1971) with Jack Nicholson and Ann-Margret.

In 1981, after his album Scissors Cut had become a complete failure, Garfunkel reunited with Paul Simon for the famous concert in Central Park. They next worked on a new studio album together, but Garfunkel left the project, not agreeing with Simon's texts. After this, Garfunkel left the music scene for several years, but returned in 1988 with the album Lefty. None of these projects garnered much critical success, and Garfunkel did not release another album until 1993's Up 'til Now. Perhaps his most noteworthy recent release is his live 1996 concert Across America, recorded live at the registry hall on Ellis Island. The concert features several musical guests, including James Taylor, Garfunkel's own wife, Kim, and his son James.


(see Simon and Garfunkel for joint works with Paul Simon)