Art Garfunkel


Art Garfunkel (born Arthur Ira Garfunkel 05.11.41)
Art Garfunkel is a Grammy Award nominated singer, best known for being half of the folk duo Simon & Garfunkel. He is also a poet, and Golden Globe nominated actor.

Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth in 2012, Art Garfunkel has a net worth of 45 million USD.

Childhood: Art Garfunkel was born in Forest Hills, Queens, New York City, to Rose and Jacob Garfunkel. In the first grade, Garfunkel fell in love with singing, listening to the children in his school walking down the echoing hallway and singing along to it. Garfunkel’s father bought him a wire recorder, which prompted Garfunkel to spend every afternoon practicing singing. In the sixth grade, Garfunkel met his future singing partner, Paul Simon, when they were both cast in the school production of Alice in Wonderland. In 1956, the two began performing together under the name ‘Tom and Jerry’ which had been given to them by their record label, Big Records. In 1957, they recorded the single ‘Hey, Schoolgirl’ which reached number forty-nine on the pop charts.

Career: After graduating in 1963 Garfunkel and Simon reformed their musical duo after it ended the previous year – this time, they used their own names, Simon & Garfunkel. In October, 1964, the couple released the album, ‘Wednesday Morning, 3 AM’, which failed to gain any critical success. They promptly split again. One of the tracks from the album, ‘The Sound of Silence’, was taken by their producer and released as a single with a new, dubbed, electronic backing. The single went straight to number one on the Billboard pop charts. Simon & Garfunkel joined together again and steadily became one of the most influential bands of the 1960s. The duo steadily released albums like ‘Sounds of Silence’, ‘Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme’, ‘Bookends’ and ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’. Their songs were later used in the 1967 film, ‘The Graduate’. Simon & Garfunkel performed a concert at Kraft Hall in 1968, where Garfunkel performed the solo ‘For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her’, written by Simon. Simon was far more interested in writing music than Garfunkel, while Garfunkel was more interested in singing and performing. Following the release of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, their most successful album, the pair split again, due to differing tastes and differing ideas for their futures. Following the 1970 split, Garfunkel went on to star in the films ‘Catch-22’ and ‘Carnal Knowledge’ from director Mike Nicholas. Simon & Garfunkel then released their ‘greatest hits’ album in 1972. This allowed Garfunkel to feel confident enough to return to music, with solo albums ‘Angel Care’ and ‘Second Avenue’ in the subsequent two years. Garfunkel went on to record a third album, ‘Breakaway’, in 1975, which featured the song ‘My Little Town’, which had been written by Simon. While the two never officially returned to working together, they did occasionally collaborate and tour together, following the break up. In 1979, Garfunkel wrote the song, ‘Bright Eyes’ for the film ‘Watership Down’. Three months following the release of the song, Garfunkel’s long-time girlfriend, actress and photographer Laurie Bird, committed suicide. This caused Garfunkel to go into deep depression throughout the 1980s, which led to a reduction of musical output during that decade. He released an album in 1981 – ‘Scissors Cut’ – although it was met with disappointing sales. Garfunkel got back together with Simon for ‘The Concert in Central Park’, although the two fell out during the shows run. This lead to Garfunkel being removed from the upcoming album of Simon’s, which was originally supposed to be a Simon & Garfunkel comeback album. Garfunkel released albums steadily throughout the 1990s, and in 2003 he was finally credited as a songwriter for the first time since ‘Tom and Jerry’ with the album ‘Everything Waits to be Noticed’. In 2009, he appeared to sing with Simon during a concert by Simon’s band in New York. The duo sang three songs - "Sound of Silence", "The Boxer", and "Old Friends". The later announced a Simon & Garfunkel tour the next year. After a brief postponement, the tour was cancelled, as Garfunkel was suffering from vocal cord paralysis.

Personal Life: Between 1972 and 1975, Garfunkel was married to architect Linda Marie Grossman. It was the breakup that made him uncomfortable with the idea of marrying Laurie Bird. His depression was ended by an affair with the actress Penny Marshall. In 1985, Garfunkel met Kathryn Cermak and the couple married in 1988. They have two children together.

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'The Ultimate Collection: Paul Simon' Features The Best From Paul Simon And Simon & Garfunkel

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'The Ultimate Collection: Paul Simon' is the first collaborative greatest hits compilation between Paul Simon as a solo artist, and his work with Art Garfunkel as the self-named duo Simon & Garfunkel.

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Paul Simon unveils his greatest hits including Simon & Garfunkel work

While the duo has seen several reunions of the years since their first hiatus in 1965, Paul Simon kicked off an ongoing solo career that same year, going on to release several well-loved hits of his own. Now, for the very first time, the best of Paul Simon's own back catalogue is joined with the best of Simon & Garfunkel in a uniquely collaborative set-up entitled 'The Ultimate Collection'.

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Sting & Paul Simon Announce North American Tour For 2014

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Paul Simon and Sting are to go on a joint tour together early next year throughout North America, it has emerged. Eighteen live dates are scheduled from the 8th February 2014 through to the 16th March with additional dates expected to be announced, reports the NY Post.

Sting Will Soon Embark On A Tour With Paul Simon.

The tour announcement may have come as a surprise to fans of either of the artists but it appears that the pair have been close friends for some time: since they lived in the same New York apartment block years ago. The two artists appeared together in May when they performed acoustic versions of 'The Boxer' and 'Field of Gold' at a benefit for the Robin Hood Foundation. The 72 year-old Simon and Garfunkel singer spoke of that set: "After we finished it we both looked at each other and said: 'Wow. That's pretty interesting.'"

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Schoolboy Blues: Mick Jagger Wanted To Be A Teacher!

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Mick Jagger considered being a teacher, a politician and a journalist. 'Start Me Up' singer revealed his early career plans during a televised interview. Speaking on the Today programme, The Rolling Stones singer said a career as "a schoolteacher would have been very gratifying". Had the singer gone on to be a teacher he would have kept his families' tradition as both his father and grandfather were teachers.

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Mick Jagger in New York, 2011

Teaching is surprisingly more rock and roll than you'd expect. Sting was a teacher before he became a hit in the 80's, as was Sheryl Crow, Gene Simmons, Brian May, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel

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The Rebound Trailer

When Sandy discovers her husband is cheating on her she decides it's time to make a break and leave her suburban life for a new start in the city.

Freshly divorced, Sandy and her two kids move into an apartment and it doesn't take long for Sandy to employ a nanny for the kids. Aram is a 25 year old waiter currently working in a coffee shop. Still uncertain of his future, Aram agrees to start looking after the kids. One thing leads to another and it doesn't take long for Sandy and the nanny to form a bond and eventually a relationship; but with such an age difference and Sandy's recent divorce, what really can come from their future together?

Starring: Catherine Zeta Jones, Justin Bartha, Megan Byrne, Joanna Gleason, John Schneider, Lynn Whitfield, Art Garfunkel

Directed by: Bart Freundlich

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Art Garfunkel Thursday 12th June 2008 AFI Lifetime achievement award honouring Warren Beatty Los Angeles, California

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