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Nov 04 2019 - 02:00 PM
Today in History: Happy Birthday, Art Garfunkel!

American singer, poet, and actor, Art Garfunkel is 78 years old today. Born in Forest Hills, Queens on November 5th, 1941, Garfunkel rose to fame in the early 1960s when he signed with Paul Simon to Columbia, earning a "quick education in the record business". Known for his beautiful countertenor and poeticism, Garfunkel's greatest hits with Simon included "The Sound Of Silence," "Homeward Bound," "I Am a Rock," "Kathy's Song," "April Come She Will," "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her," "At the Zoo," "A Hazy Shade of Winter," "America," "Scarborough Fair/Canticle," "Mrs. Robinson," "The Boxer," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Cecilia," "El Condor Pasa," and "My Little Town." In 1990, he and Simon were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

After the split up with Simon in the early 1970s, Garfunkel starred in popular films, including Catch 22 and Carnal Knowledge. He taught geometry for a brief time at Litchfield Academy in Connecticut and went on to release solo albums, including the acclaimed Angel Clare, his first, and others critically received: Breakaway, Watermark, Scissors Cut, and Across America. Garfunkel's solo music career include a top 10 hit, three top 20 hits, six top 40 hits, 14 Adult Contemporary top 30 singles, five Adult Contemporary number ones, two UK number ones and a People's Choice Award. In 2008, Garfunkel was ranked 86th in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

But did you know that Garfunkel earned an M.A. in mathematics education in 1967 from Teachers College, Columbia University, preceded by B.A. in art history from Columbia University? His love of singing began as early as first grade when he'd stay behind his classmates and enjoy the echoes of the stairwell, singing. Happy Birthday, Art Garfunkel!

The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.

  • Birthdays. (2003, Nov 05). The Guardian (1959-2003)


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