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Growing up together in Queens, New York, and attending the same school, Simon & Garfunkel from childhood faced fame and fortune together. They are among the best-selling music artists, having sold more than 100 million records. Simon & Garfunkel have reunited several times, most famously in 1981 for "The Concert in Central Park", which attracted more than 500,000 people, one of the largest concert attendances in history. - Rebecca Raber (September 19, 2011). "Hive Five: Big Concerts With Big Draws". MTV.
Simon & Garfunkel won 10 Grammy Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Richie Unterberger described them as "the most successful folk-rock duo of the 1960s" and one of the most popular artists from the decade. Bridge over Troubled Water is ranked at number 51 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Following a twelve-city run in Europe in 2004, they ended their nine-month tour with a free concert along Via dei Fori Imperiali, in front of the Colosseum in Rome, on 31 July 2004. It attracted 600,000 fans, more than their Concert in Central Park.
From break-ups to make-ups, Simon & Garfunkel’s relationship was never easy, but once they found fame and fortune, success proved to be their biggest obstacle. On the verge of disaster, one man was able to pull them all back together. In Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (1966), Simon & Garfunkel assumed more creative control.
In 2005, Simon and Garfunkel performed three songs for a Hurricane Katrina benefit concert in Madison Square Garden, including a performance with singer Aaron Neville. - Steve Knopper (September 2, 2004). "Simon and Garfunkel Take Rome". Rolling Stone. New York City: Wenner Media LLC (956): 57. ISSN 0035-791X.
I am just a poor boy though my story's seldom told, I have squandered my resistance.
All lies and jest, Still, a man hears what he wants to hear, And disregards the rest.
El Condor Pasa
I'd rather be a sparrow than a snail, Yes I would, If I could, I surely would.
Here's To You Mrs. Robinson
Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? Our nation turns it's lonely eyes to you.
What's that you say, Mrs. Robinson? Jumpin' Joe has left and gone away.