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The Religious Affiliation of Singer
of Simon & Garfunkel
Art Garfunkel was Jewish.
From: "Art Garfunkel" article on "The Challah Fame: Who's Who in Jewish Rock" website (http://www.jewsrock.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=challah.view&page=G; viewed 23 November 2005):
True, Art Garfunkel may go down in rock history as the ultimate embodiment of "that other guy," but before his songwriting partner abandoned him, Garfunkel was half of one of the most important folk duos of the sixties - and don't you forget it. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel got their start as Tom and Jerry, hitting the top fifty with their single "Hey Schoolgirl." Lack of success caused them to split up, but when they reformed as Simon & Garfunkel in the sixties, they scored a number-one hit with "Sounds of Silence" after their producer added electric guitars to their gentle folk-rock. "Homeward Bound," "I Am a Rock," and "Hazy Shade of Winter" all hit the charts in 1966 and 1967. "Mrs. Robinson" became a hit on the strength of the movie The Graduate, and their 1970 album Bridge Over Troubled Water remained on top of the charts for ten weeks. After the group split up, Garfunkel pursued an acting career which included a role in Catch-22. He also released several albums, but never even approached the fame of his former partner.
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