• Simon and Garfunkel are musical legends
  • Their start was inspired by running water
  • THIS is the story of their first inspiration

Learn how a bathroom's acoustics and a white noise of running water inspired musical genius in Paul Simon, leading to a legendary partnership and a name that defied the norm.

When the Water Flowed, So Did the Hits!

It's the kind of juicy tidbit that music buffs drool over! Paul Simon, half of the iconic duo Simon & Garfunkel, spilled the beans on the oh-so-humble beginnings of their timeless classic, "The Sound of Silence." In the eye-opening doc "In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon," he reveals how the bathroom – yes, you read that right – was his sanctuary of sound!

Picture this: Paul Simon, a young lad in Flushing, Queens, finds his muse amidst the tiles and taps of his parents' loo. "The tile made the echo, and the water was like a white noise sound," Simon reminisces. Who knew a bathroom could double as a studio for a future Rock & Roll Hall of Famer?

But hold your horses! The first take of "The Sound of Silence" was a solo act – no Art Garfunkel (singer) harmonies in the mix. It wasn't until a Columbia Records audition that the dynamic duo, who once hit the charts as Tom & Jerry, sang together, and boy, did they make history!

Ever heard of the Rye Catchers? Neither have we! Before they were Simon & Garfunkel, the pair faced a slew of cringe-worthy potential band names. Thanks to Goddard Lieberson, then-president of Columbia Records, they avoided a branding blunder and embraced their ethnic roots – a bold move at the time!

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With their name set in stone, Simon & Garfunkel were ready to take on the world, starting with their debut album, 'Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.' The rest, as they say, is history!