Monday, January 30th, 2012

Simon and Garfunkel’s Performance on The Ed Sullivan Show

The American folk-rock music duo, Simon and Garfunkel performed on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first and only time on January 30th 1966. Following The Four Tops and Topo Gigio on Sullivan, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel closed the evening’s show with “I Am a Rock” on a bare stage lit by a single spotlight.  Through their poetic lyrics and vocal harmonization, Simon and Garfunkel captivated viewers both young and old that night. While Simon and Garfunkel appeared only once on the Sullivan stage, they left an unforgettable mark on the show’s history.

Following Simon and Garfunkel’s performance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1966, the duo went on to accomplish many great musical achievements over the next year.  In 1967, Simon and Garfunkel recorded the soundtrack album for the landmark film “The Graduate.” The hit single “Mrs. Robinson” helped the album rise to the top of the charts, knocking off The Beatles’ White Album, and earning Simon and Garfunkel a Grammy for Record of the Year in 1968.