The Sounds of Silence: SIMON & GARFUNKEL

Australian singles charts:
The Sounds of Silence first entered the Kent charts on 8 January 1966 and peaked at #3. A later re-release entered the Kent charts on 1 March 1969 and peaked at #23. The song was #50 on the Top 100 of 1966.

The song was first released on Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. and a re-mixed version was on Sounds of Silence.

The song’s origin and basis remain unclear, with multiple answers coming forward over the years. Many believe that the song commented on the John F. Kennedy assassination, as the song was recorded three months after the assassination. Simon stated unambiguously in interviews, however, “I wrote The Sound of Silence when I was 21 years old”, which places the timeframe firmly prior to the JFK tragedy, with Simon also explaining that the song was written in his bathroom, where he turned off the lights to better concentrate.
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The first recording was an acoustic version on Simon & Garfunkel’s first album, Wednesday Morning, 3 AM, which was billed as “exciting new sounds in the folk tradition,” and sold about 2000 copies. When the album tanked, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel split up. What they didn’t know was that their record company had a plan. Trying to take advantage of the folk-rock movement, Columbia Records had producer Tom Wilson add electric instruments to the acoustic track, and released it as a single. Simon and Garfunkel had no idea their acoustic song had been overdubbed with electric instruments, but it became a huge hit and got them back together.
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