Although it has been 40 years since “Bridge Over Troubled Water” was recorded, Art Garfunkel’s image and signature vocals remain among the most instantly recognizable in popular music. His “beautiful countertenor,” as Neil Strauss described Garfunkel’s voice in The New York Times, is clear, resonant, and surely one of the finest instruments in all of popular music. Garfunkel is a time-honored friend to a world of listeners.
Garfunkel began singing at age four, when his father brought home one of the first wire recorders. “That got me into music more than anything else—singing and being able to record it,” Garfunkel recalls. Seven years later, he sang Everly Brothers songs at school talent shows with a partner, Paul Simon, from his Forest Hills neighborhood in Queens, New York.
Simon and Garfunkel won five Grammy Awards together and the duo’s Greatest Hits album, released in 1972, remained on the charts for 131 weeks in the U.S. and 179 weeks in the U.K. The album has since sold 14 million units, making it the all-time best-selling album by a duo. In 1990, Simon and Garfunkel were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.