The Sound of Silence (Simon and Garfunkel)

17 JANUARY 1966

Simon and Garfunkel’s breakthrough album ‘The Sounds of Silence’ was released in the USA on this date. The UK version featured such tracks as ‘Kathy’s Song, ‘Homeward Bound’ and ‘I am a Rock’.

The title track had already been released on their 1964 album, which had flopped and led to the break-up of the duo in early 1965. However, the song continued to receive airplay and grew in popularity, and was released as a remixed single in October 1965 without Simon or Garfunkel’s knowledge. It climbed the charts, leading to the reformation of the duo and the recording of the new album. The single ‘The Sound of Silence’ (not 'Sounds') hit #1 in the US at the beginning of 1966 and has become an undisputed classic.

The song has since been used in numerous movie soundtracks since then, mostly famously in 'The Graduate' in 1968.

B-side: 'We've Got a Groovy Thing Goin''
Recorded: 10 March 1964, Columbia Studios, New York City; 15 June 1965
Released: Original recording: October 1964; Overdubbed version: 13 September 1965
Highest chart positions: #9 (UK), #1 (US) (overdubbed version) 
Length: 3:05
Label: Columbia
Writer: Paul Simon
Producer: Tom Wilson

The Sound of Silence (Simon and Garfunkel)