Which artist sang The Sound of Silence?

Simon & Garfunke with “The Sound Of Silence” in the song stories 74

Almost two years after the recording of their hit “The Sound Of Silence”, Simon & Garfunkel were awarded a gold record for their hit on February 14, 1966.

Simon & Garfunkel - “The Sound Of Silence”

Disturbed - "The Sound Of Silence"

February 14, 1966, Simon & Garfunkel are awarded a gold record for their first big hit.
March 10, 1964, Simon & Garfunkel record “The Sound Of Silence”.
September 13, 1965, the second version of “The Sound Of Silence” is published.
October 13, 1941, Paul Frederic Simon was born in Newark, New Jersey, USA.
October 19, 1964, the first version of “The Sound Of Silence” is released in the USA.
November 5, 1941, Art Garfunkel was born in Forrest Hill, New York City.
November 22, 1957, Tom & Jerry aka Simon & Garfunkel appear on US TV for the first time.

Simon & Garfunkel had their first TV appearance in 1957. They called themselves Tom & Jerry at the time and were on November 22, 1957 with “Hey Little Schoolgirl” on the show “American Bandstand”. Although their songs were well received live, their records stayed like lead on the shelves of the shops and their music was apparently not made for the jukeboxes either.

On March 10, 1964, Simon & Garfunkel went into the studio to sing one last attempt as a duo. Both were convinced that “The Sound Of Silence” could be a hit. If not, then the two friends - who had been trying for years to gain recognition as folk musicians - wanted to give up and switch to a normal profession.

The first recording was an acoustic version on Simon & Garfunkel's first album, “Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.”, which was subtitled “Exciting New Sounds in Folk Tradition” and sold about 2,000 copies. When the album flopped, Simon and Garfunkel broke up.

Fortunately, there were employees at her record company Columbia Records who believed in their talent. Behind the backs of the two failed artists, they commissioned producer Tom Wilson to give the song an up-to-date sound. With electric instruments and more volume, the “rented” producer managed what Paul Simon and his brilliant partner Art Garfunkel had been waiting for for years: he turned the potential hit into a real hit.

“The Sound Of Silence” no longer sounded old and dusty, but modern and, above all, playable for radio stations in the USA. When the song even rose to number 1 on the US charts, Art Garfunkel was studying at college and Paul Simon tried his luck as a musician in England. A number 1 hit welded the duo together again and gave their fans, who grew steadily from that moment on, numerous unforgettable hits.

Paul Simon, who wrote the song, described his way of writing a song in an interview with Terry Gross of National Public Radio; “I think about songs that it's not just what the words say, but what the melody says and what the sound says. I think if you don't have the right tune it doesn't matter what you have to say, people won't hear it. They are only available when the sound kicks in and people open to the thought. Really the key to "The Sound of Silence" is the simplicity of the melody and the words that are youthful alienation. It's young lyric poetry, but not bad for a 21 year old. It's not an elaborate thought, but a thought I gathered from college reading material or something else. It wasn't something that I experienced on a deep, profound level - no one listened to me, no one listened to anyone - it was a post-adolescent fear, but it had some level of truth and it resonated with millions of people. Mainly because it had a simple and singable melody. ”

The band Disturbed proved that “The Sound Of Silence” can still be an incredibly beautiful and modern song today. They re-recorded the hit in 2015 and landed another hit. Now the editors of many radio stations are spoiled for choice: new or old? And I'm sure many of you feel the same way.