On the evening of Thursday, April 10th, Brooklyn's Barclays Center had witnessed a long evening full of miraculous moments only possible at the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Art inducted Cat Stevens, who now goes by the name Yusuf Islam. "If Paul and I hadn't split up around 1970 there'd be no room on the charts for Cat Stevens to take over," he said. "'Bridge Over Troubled Water had to go away so that Tea for the Tillerman could arrive."Full transcript of Art's speech. Ceremony will air May 31 on HBO.
Read Art's interview with RockCellar magazine.
More detail on how the top ten influenced Art.
(in chronological order)
1. Enrico Caruso-- Aria from The Pearl Fishers
2. The Andre Sisters-- "Drinkin' Rum and Coca Cola"
3. Nat King Cole-- "Too Young"
4. Nat King Cole-- "Nature Boy"
5. "Carousel," the show album ("If I Loved You")
6. Bing Crosby--"White Christmas"
7. The Crewcuts-- "Sh-Boom"
8. Lonny Donigan-- "Rock Island Line
9. Frankie Ford-- "Sea Cruise"
10. Huey Piano Smith-- "Don't You Just Know It?"
11. Sam Cooke-- "You Send Me"
12. The Everly Brothers-- "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us," the lp
13. Johnny Mathis-- "It's Not For Me to Say"
14. Ike and Tina Turner-- "River Deep, Mountain High"
15. The Righteous Brothers-- "Ol' Man River"
16. The Beatles-- "Here, There, and Everywhere"
17. The Beach Boys-- "Good Vibrations"
18. The Swingle Singers-- "Jazz Sebastian Bach," the lp
19. The Hi Los-- lp
20. My own (S&G)-- "Scarborough Fair"
21. Joan Baez-- her first lp (with "Silver Dagger)
22. J.S. Bach-- "The Christmas Oratorio," three lps
23. Lenny Bruce-- "American" with the bit, "Frank Dell at the London Palladium"
24. Nichols and May-- "Nichols and May Examine Doctors" lp
25. Steve Reich-- "Music for 18 Musicians" lp
26. Chet Baker-- any vocal
Its been many years since we did a 'web' interview of Art. We are now collecting questions to ask him. Try to review the questions already asked in the past (see website) so we can collect new and interesting ones. If you have one email it to email@example.com. Thanks!
After a long battle with debilitating vocal-cord paresis - diagnosed in January 2010, Art's voice has recovered and he plans to perform live shows throughout 2014. Dates and venues will be updated as they are confirmed.
Art has signed a book deal with Alfred A. Knopf, a New York publishing house which is part of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group at Random House.
Visit the latest addition to the Library. Updated 06 Oct 2013
September marks the 40th anniversary of Art's first solo album, Angel Clare (U.S. #5). Jimmy Webb's "All I Know" showcased Art's pure vocals and became a Top 10 hit. The album was co-produced with Roy Halee and went on to yield two more singles: Van Morrison's "I Shall Sing" (US #38) and Paul Williams' "Traveling Boy." The album was named after a character in Thomas Hardy's novel "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" (which Art had just read in July '73). In addition to Roy Halee, two other old friends show up on the album, Paul Simon and Larry Knechtel (pianist on "Bridge Over Troubled Water"). Jerry Garcia from the Grateful Deal plays lead guitar on "Down in the Willow Garden."
Still Within the Sound of My Voice, the new album from Jimmy Webb, features vocal performances from singers who have recorded his songs over the last 45 years. Art and Jimmy have been friends for four decades and have worked together since 1973 ("All I Know"). Art joins Jimmy on "Shattered," which they recorded in early 2013 and is one of Art's favorite Jimmy Webb songs. Other featured artists include; Carly Simon, Brian Wilson, America, Marc Cohn, Amy Grant, Lyle Lovett, David Crosby & Graham Nash, Joe Cocker and others.
In August, Art reached the Turkish Border during the 29th leg of his Eurowalk. He will be continuing his walk towards Istanbul, Turkey.
You can order the CD now.
In a New York Post interview, Art talks about one of his favorite subjects - architecture.
The Official UK Album Chart (Top 100) for the week ending 27 October has The Singer at #10. That's the highest he has been on the chart since 1979's Fate For Breakfast which peaked at number 2.
Four part Art Garfunkel podcast series features "the singer" looking back on his favorite moments as a solo artist, with Paul Simon and other harmony partners. The host is David Dye (World Cafe).
Part Four Podcast
Part Three Podcast
Part Two Podcast
Part One Podcast
Rolling Stone Magazine gives The Singer 4 & 1/2 stars.
"The Singer" has debuted on Billboards Folk Chart at #7!
The Singer – a brand new compilation of songs personally selected by Art Garfunkel from his life's work. It has 34 songs on two CDs (1/4 S&G; ¾ AG) including two brand new cuts, "Long Way Home" and "Lena" which Art recently recorded in Los Angeles with Maia Sharp. Matt Craig, a "brilliant engineer," according to Art, "should be credited with helping put it together (cross fades, etc.)." Art said "the selections are are deep favorites of mine, like; "The Promise," "All I Know," stripped down to just Jimmy Webb and me, "Perfect Moment," Jobim's "Waters of March," a stage recording of "Kathy's Song" from the Old Friends tour 8 years ago, "Skywriter" my bio from Jimmy Webb, "The Decree," from "The Animal's Christmas," "The Thread" which I co-wrote."
Art wrote insightful liner notes for each of the 34 songs. On the back cover of the cd, there is a photo of Art and his wife, Kathryn , semi-clad, on a swing in a primeval garden! You can order the CD now. Press Release.
Article from the LA Times Music Blog
Canadian Press article where Art discusses performing after his illness.
In a Montreal Gazette article, Art relates his experience back in the recording studio.
Article from AARP.com which explores Art's famous walks and the music he listens to while walking.
Great article from Rolling Stone with a sample song from the new cd.
Article from Spinner with Art talking about "The Singer" as his Swan Song.
Interesting article from MusicRadar with Art's perspective of his new cd.
Ever wonder where the photo of Art and Paul was taken for the cover of their BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER album?
In 1969, Art and Paul were working with Charles Grodin on the production of the CBS special, "Songs of America." Taking a flight out of Los Angeles Airport (LAX), Art and Paul were in the famous Oval Hub standing on one of the moving walkways used in many large airports. One of the photographers from the "Songs of America" crew was standing in front of them and quite spontaneously took their picture. No one at the time knew that this would become the cover photo for one of the most popular albums in history.
Questions were submitted to Art by his fans. Here are the anwswers.
50 Top Artists Reveal their favorites. Art Garfunkel's included:
'This kicked me in the ass," Garfunkel says of the rock & roll he discovered as a teen, listening to the radio with his pal Paul Simon. "It woke me up”.
- "Oh, What a Night" by The Dells, 1956
We used to dance the Fish to this: a slow backbeat with a bump and grind in the hips.
- "Gee"by The Crows, 1953
- "'Earth Angel" by The Penguins, 1954
The Penguins said it best here. Some records are hot and percussive and it's like they're red-orange. This one's midnight-blue, for me.
- "Soldier Boy"by The Four Fellows, 1955
- "Killer Joe" by The Rocky Fellers, 1963
"Be My Baby" by The Ronettes, 1963
Phil Spector wrote the bible on this one
- "Let It Be Me"by The Everly Brothers, 1960
It made everything else sound toneless
- "Help Me, Rhonda" by The Beach Boys, 1965
Paul and I were always jealous of their hits.
- "Baby Come Back" by Player, 1977
- "Have You Seen Her"b y The Chi-Lites, 1971
I love that lead line. It's moody as all hell.