A Golden Memory: Dylan and Simon Sing “The Sound of Silence”

A Golden Memory: Dylan and Simon Sing “The Sound of Silence”

Bob Dylan and Paul Simon have a great deal in common. Each was born in 1941 and they are among the best and most expansive songwriters of our time; both of them have firmly grasped a defining political and intellectual mood.  They emerged together from the 1960’s Greenwich Village folk music scene and have constantly reinvented their sound when their audiences were least expecting it.

This 1969 Portland concert began with Dylan performing a full set.  Everyone in the audience roared each time they heard one of Dylan’s priceless, ageless lyrics.   Dylan’s all grown up and gray now, but when he uttered a familiar iconic line like “Lay lady lay, lay across my big brass bed,” the audience just went mad.  Then he was joined by the legendary Paul Simon for the Simon and Dylan segment.  He and Simon did several memorable duets together, beginning with The Sound of Silence, and then the rest of the set exploded.  Paul Simon has filled us with everything amazing that a songwriter can offer: tenderness, fire, intelligence, and soul.  He is indeed a joy to hear.

Bob Dylan and Paul Simon: The Sound of Silence (Portland, 1969)

Very early in their careers, Simon and Garfunkel played before a huge audience at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival in California.  This is their performance of The Sound of Silence at that concert:

Simon & Garfunkel: Sound Of Silence (The Monterey Pop Festival, 1967)

Viewers may be interested reading some reminiscent thoughts about an early personal friendship with Arthur Garfunkel, as well as about the unusual history of Simon and Garfunkel’s first hit album, Sound of Silence, which can be found here.

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