The band is famous for its numerous breakups and reunions. But it's been a rather rocky road for both men. For Paul Simon , the son of an English teacher mother and a bandleader father, music came easy. Garfunkel, Simon recalled, was "the most famous singer in the neighborhood.
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Not that she knew. Hart, a recovered alcoholic and struggling novelist working as an insurance broker, was in deep denial when he met Simon in They were introduced by a friend on the platform at a train station in upstate New York. What had to have struck Simon was Hart's almost doppelganger resemblance to ex-husband, James Taylor. Their rock-star marriage, as much sexual fusion as anything else, had cratered four years earlier. On their first date, Hart and Simon enjoyed a cozy evening at her sprawling Central Park West apartment, ending the evening chastely with a kiss.
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The most successful folk-rock duo of the s, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel crafted a series of memorable hit albums and singles featuring their choirboy harmonies, ringing acoustic and electric guitars, and Simon 's acute, finely wrought songwriting. The pair always inhabited the more polished end of the folk-rock spectrum and was sometimes criticized for a certain collegiate sterility. Many also feel that Simon , as both a singer and songwriter, didn't truly blossom until he began his own hugely successful solo career in the s. Childhood friends while growing up together in Forest Hills, NY, they began making records in , performing and often writing their own material in something of a juvenile Everly Brothers style. By the early '60s, both Simon and Garfunkel were coming under the influence of folk music.