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!
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- Denselow, R. (1974, Jan 06). Art Garfunkel Looks Beyond Success. Boston Globe (1960-1988)
- Sumrall, H. (1979, May 23). Art Garfunkel's 'Fate': From Soul to Folk. The Washington Post (1974-Current File)
- Art Garfunkel Scissors Cut Columbia. (1981, Nov 05). Boston Globe (1960-1988)
- Brady, J. (1988, Apr 24). In Step With: Art Garfunkel. The Hartford Courant (1923-1994)
- Krier, B. A. (1989, Oct 04). Singer Art Garfunkel Turns His Way With Words To Poetry Writing. The Hartford Courant (1923-1994)
- Rule, S. (1993, Jun 16). The Pop Life: Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, Together Again (Briefly), Discuss Their Troubled Waters Newport Jazz At the White House: Live, Then On PBS. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Himes, G. (1994, Jul 05). Music: Art Garfunkel: Tenor Of Our Times. The Washington Post (1974-Current File)
- Courant, R. C. (1994, Aug 18). For Art Garfunkel, 'Bridge' Spans Eras. The Hartford Courant (1923-1994)
- Strauss, N. (1996, Apr 16). Pausing From His Trek, Art Garfunkel Performs. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Campbell, K. (1997, Jul 16). Art Garfunkel Gives Voice to Family Music. The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current File)
- Birthdays. (2003, Nov 05). The Guardian (1959-2003)
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- Art Garfunkel at the London Palladium, July 2017, Wikimedia Commons
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