Born in Forest Hills, New York, a section of Queens, in New York City, Arthur Ira "Art" Garfunkel is an American singer and actor, best known as half of the folk duo Simon and Garfunkel
He met his future singing partner, Paul Simon in the sixth grade. Between 1956 and 1960, the two had performed together as Tom and Jerry
. Garfunkel attended Columbia University in the early sixties, where he sang with The Kingsmen
, an all-male a cappella group. While at Columbia, he was also a Brother of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity. Garfunkel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Art History, followed by a Masters degree in Mathematics.
In 1963 they reformed the duo under their own names. The combination of Garfunkel's voice with Simon's song-writing capacities caused the duo to be among the top acts of the 1960s. However, citing personal differences and divergence in career interests, they split following the release of their most critically acclaimed album, Bridge Over Troubled Water
, in 1970.
In the 1970s, Garfunkel released a few solo albums, and although he did not reach the heights that Simon and Garfunkel
had reached, he still scored hits with "I Only Have Eyes for You" and "Bright Eyes" (both British number-one hit singles), and "All I Know" (number nine in the United States). A version of "Bright Eyes" also appeared in the movie, Watership Down
In between, he also acted in a few movies, including Catch-22
and Carnal Knowledge
(1971) with Jack Nicholson, Candice Bergen, and Ann-Margaret.
Following disappointing sales of his 1981 album, Scissors Cut
, Garfunkel reunited with Paul Simon for the famous concert in Central Park. They next worked on a new studio album together, but Garfunkel left the project, not agreeing with Simon's lyrics. After this, Garfunkel left the music scene for several years, but returned in 1988 with the album, Lefty
. None of these projects garnered much critical success, and Garfunkel did not release another album until 1993's Up 'Til Now
. Perhaps his most noteworthy recent release is his live 1996 concert Across America
, recorded live at the registry hall on Ellis Island. The concert features several musical guests, including James Taylor, Garfunkel's wife, Kim, and his son, James.
In 2003, he reunited again with Paul Simon for an U.S. tour, followed by a 2004 international tour.
The only new recording on the collection, The Art Garfunkel Album
(1984), was the song, "Sometimes When I'm Dreaming", written by Mike Batt. This was rerecorded in 2004 by ex-ABBA
singer, Agnetha Foltskog, on her comeback album, My Colouring Book
Art Garfunkel's website (http://www.artgarfunkel.com/library/library.htm) contains a year by year listing of every book he has read since 1968.