The Story Behind The Song: Simon & Garfunkel's 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'
Credit: Nationaal Archief

Revisit Simon & Garfunkel’s performance of ‘Sound of Silence’ on Let’s Sing Out! in 1966

Sometimes when it’s a bit scary outside, we can take solace and comfort in the musicians of old providing us a little bit of home comfort. Nothing is as wholesome as Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel singing their legendary song ‘Sound of Silence’.

Except, of course, that there kind of is something better. When the folk singing duo performs it on the welcomed homestead of sixties television, Canadian TV show Let’s Sing Out!

On February 17th, 1966, Paul Simone and Art Garfunkel took to the studio of Let’s Sing Out! with a special moment in mind. They wanted to speak to as many people as possible and share the messages of their songs with college campuses across Canada.

By 1966, Let’s Sing Out! was getting a name for itself as one of the places to have your folk music heard. While the cultural crucible of New York had been welcoming local folk singers to radio and TV stations for years, the rest of the world was slowly catching up.

Let’s Sing Out! was hardly edgy for a TV show. The series always included some homecooked fun and escapades, often welcoming audience participation in the songs. But the more important factor was that it connected with the college kids across the country. It was in this environment that Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel had been thriving.

It was a scene that had allowed the pair to not only sing their songs and gather a little fame as they did but also have their music and their messages actually read and felt and experienced. It’s reflected in the performance of their song ‘Sound of Silence’ which you can see below.

As Simon introduces the song, he explains a little about the lyrics: “One of the biggest hangups we have today is the inability of people to communicate, not only on an intellectual level, but on an emotional level as well. So you have people unable to touch other people, unable to love other people. And this is a song about the inability to communicate.”

The set brought to you from the University of Toronto, also features some other notable songs from the duo who met in school. There’s also a performance of ‘Richard Cory’, the iconic ‘Homeward Bound’, ‘A Most Peculiar Man’ and more. It makes for an interesting viewing that hits your soul like a warm bowl of chicken soup.

Watch Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel on ‘Let’s Sing Out!’ from back in 1966

‘Richard Cory’
‘The Sound(s) Of Silence’
‘Homeward Bound’
‘A Most Peculiar Man’
‘He Was My Brother’
‘I Am A Rock’

Subscribe to our newsletter
Delivering curated content