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New Book Out
"What Is It All But Luminous (Notes From An Underground Man)" came out September 26. Book tour dates.
From Penguin Random House:
"From the golden-haired, curly-headed half of Simon & Garfunkel–a memoir (of sorts): artful, moving, lyrical; the making of a musician; the evolution of a man, a portrait of a life-long friendship and collaboration that became one of the most successful singing duos of their time.
Art Garfunkel writes about his life before, during, and after Simon & Garfunkel . . . about their folk-rock music in the roiling age that embraced and was defined by their pathbreaking sound. He writes about growing up in the 1940s and ’50s (son of a traveling salesman), a middle class Jewish boy, living in a red brick semi-attached house in Kew Gardens, Queens, a kid who was different–from the age of five feeling his vocal cords “vibrating with the love of sound” . . . meeting Paul Simon in school, the funny guy who made Art laugh; their going on to junior high school together, of being twelve at the birth of rock’n’roll, both of them “captured” by it; going to a recording studio in Manhattan to make a demo of their song, “Hey Schoolgirl” (for $7!) and the actual record (with Paul’s father on bass) going to #40 on the national charts, selling 150,000 copies . . . He writes about their becoming Simon & Garfunkel, taking the world by storm, ruling the pop charts from the time he was sixteen, about not being a natural performer, but more a thinker . . . touring; sex-for-thrills on the road, reading or walking to calm down (walking across two continents–the USA and Europe). He writes of being an actor working with directors Nicolas Roeg (Bad Timing) and Mike Nichols (“the greatest of them all”) . . . getting his masters in mathematics at Columbia; choosing music over a PhD; his slow unfolding split with Paul and its aftermath; learning to perform on his own, giving a thousand concerts worldwide, his voice going south (a stiffening of one vocal cord) and working to get it back . . . about being a husband, a father and much more."
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Who are those gifted musicians playing alongside Art Garfunkel?
AG January Trivia
- Jan. 1, 1966 - "The Sound of Silence" hits #1 in the U.S.
- Jan. 3, 1958 - "Hey Schoolgirl" single by Tom & Jerry reaches #49 on the U.S. charts
- Jan. 6, 1969 - Acts in Mike Nicol's film Catch 22 playng the part of Captain Nately
- Jan. 12, 1986- The Animals' Christmas is released by Columbia.
- Jan. 17, 1978 - Columbia Records releases Watermark in the U.S.
- Simon & Garfunkel released Sounds of Silence, their second studio album.
- Jan. 17, 1990 - Attends ceremony and celebration at NYC Waldorf-Astoria as he and Paul Simon are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
- Jan. 18, 2000 - Across America DVD released. Recorded Live on April 12 and 13, 1996 at Registry Hall on Ellis Island in New York.
- Jan. 21, 1989 - Columbia Records releases Garfunkel
- Jan. 22, 1967 - Performs in Lincoln Center. Simon & Garfunkel: Live From New York City, 1967 album records this performance.
- Jan. 26, 1970 - The record breaking album Bridge Over Troubled Water is released; S&G's final album together
- Jan. 28, 1997 - Performs at Grammy concert in NYC; joined by his son, James
- Jan. 30, 1998 - Receives Grammy nomination for Songs From A Parent To A Child in the category of Best Musical Album for Children
- Jan. 30, 2007 - Some Enchanted Evening released by Atlantic/ATCO Records
Concerts in US, Canada and Europe being added.
Columbia University Magazine - Summer 2016
CNN Appearance - January 23rd
Michael Smerconish show.
Appearance on Tavis Smiley
Top Songs That Influenced Art's Life
More detail on how the top ten influenced Art.
(in chronological order)
1. Enrico Caruso-- Aria from The Pearl Fishers
2. The Andre Sisters-- "Drinkin' Rum and Coca Cola"
3. Nat King Cole-- "Too Young"
4. Nat King Cole-- "Nature Boy"
5. "Carousel," the show album ("If I Loved You")
6. Bing Crosby--"White Christmas"
7. The Crewcuts-- "Sh-Boom"
8. Lonny Donigan-- "Rock Island Line
9. Frankie Ford-- "Sea Cruise"
10. Huey Piano Smith-- "Don't You Just Know It?"
11. Sam Cooke-- "You Send Me"
12. The Everly Brothers-- "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us," the lp
13. Johnny Mathis-- "It's Not For Me to Say"
14. Ike and Tina Turner-- "River Deep, Mountain High"
15. The Righteous Brothers-- "Ol' Man River"
16. The Beatles-- "Here, There, and Everywhere"
17. The Beach Boys-- "Good Vibrations"
18. The Swingle Singers-- "Jazz Sebastian Bach," the lp
19. The Hi Los-- lp
20. My own (S&G)-- "Scarborough Fair"
21. Joan Baez-- her first lp (with "Silver Dagger)
22. J.S. Bach-- "The Christmas Oratorio," three lps
23. Lenny Bruce-- "American" with the bit, "Frank Dell at the London Palladium"
24. Nichols and May-- "Nichols and May Examine Doctors" lp
25. Steve Reich-- "Music for 18 Musicians" lp
26. Chet Baker-- any vocal