Art Garfunkel Opens Up About Paul Simon

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Simon & Garfunkel disbanded in 1970 at the pinnacle of their career, which was a decision that surprised their fans. During an interview with The Telegraph, Art Garfunkel said he still doesn’t understand why Paul Simon permanently walked away from the successful folk duo. “It was strange. I don’t want to say any anti-Paul Simon things, but it seems very perverse to not enjoy the glory and walk away from it instead,” Garfunkel stated. Garfunkel said that if the decision was left up to him, he would have just taken a break from the duo. “What I would have done is take a rest from Paul, because he was getting on my nerves. The jokes had run dry. But a rest of a year was all I needed,” he explained.

Garfunkel said he was aware that Simon was upset by the fact that most people believe “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (the duo’s biggest hit), was written by Garfunkel. Garfunkel acknowledges that people assume he wrote “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (even though the song was written by Simon) because he sings the lead vocals on “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Garfunkel stated that Simon’s feelings about the song is a reflection of his insecurities and massive ego. Garfunkel told Telegraph that Simon’s ego is part of the reason why the duo never reunited to do a tour together. “Will I do another tour with Paul? Well, that’s quite doable. As far as this half is concerned, why not? But I’ve been in that same place for decades. This is where I was in 1971,” Garfunkel told the newspaper. He continued,”How can you walk away from this lucky place on top of the world, Paul? What’s going on with you, you idiot? How could you let that go, jerk?” Garfunkel seems to have an answer as to why Simon is so insecure, his height. Garfunkel said that Simon has a Napoleon complex because of his height, and befriending Simon with love and compassion only made him worse. “That compensation gesture has created a monster,” Garfunkel stated.

Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, the album, was released in 1970. The project went to Number 1 on the Billboard 200, and it also reached the top of the charts in the UK, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Japan, France, Denmark, Canada, and Australia. The album has sold over eight million copies in the US, and it was led by the singles “The Boxer,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Cecilia,” and “El Condor Pasa (If I Could).”

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