Simon & Garfunkel - The Concert in Central Park
A Sneak Peek...
On September 19, 1981, a historic reunion of the Simon & Garfunkel duo was held for a one-time free performance in Central Park of New York.
Despite their dizzying success, the combination of stellar voices and iconic harmonies Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel failed to survive beyond their fifth album "Bridge over Troubled Water", released in 1969.
Precisely at their peak of success and their best creative period the two barely managed to communicate and It was hard and painful.
Neither the short reunions between the two over the years, as in the 1975 song "My Little Town," nor the fact that they were featured on each other's albums, has failed to yield a full reunion.
But when New York City (where they were both born), appealed to them to unite to raise money for the renovation of the deteriorating Central Park, the two decided to put aside their differences and contribute to the public cause.
The show gathered a huge amount of spectators, about 500,000 people, into Central Park. The stage was designed to look like the rooftops of New York City's skyscrapers and the duo was accompanied by seven musicians who performed 21 of the duo's songs as well as several songs from their solo careers, only 17 of which entered the double live album.
Simon and Garfunkel's performance was praised by music critics.
On February 16, 1982, the double album "The Concert in Central Park" was released and was a huge commercial success, reaching number six on the Billboard 200 album chart and selling over two million copies in the United States alone.
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