Another Everly Brothers hit (co-written by Carole King)
The album had two gems that Simon had written. The first was a song called “Bleecker Street”. The second, hidden at the very end of the A side of the LP was a diamond in the rough. The Sound of Silence.
The Sound of Silence (Original Version from 1964)
This helped turn it into a rock song which was released in early 1966 and became a rock legend.It spawned another LP called “Sounds of Silence” (this time successful), brought the duo back together and launched them on their road to rock stardom.
I never spoke to Paul Simon about it (or to Art, for that matter) but I sense their ambivalence. On the one hand, Wilson wrecked the whole idea behind the song. On the other hand, it was their step to stardom.
In their concert in Central Park in 1981, they preferred the quiet, haunting acoustic version.
Concert in Central Park
And in 2012 – they were still going strong!