After a lifelong friendship, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel formed a singing duo, calling themselves Tom & Jerry. Their first efforts echoed the sounds of the Everly Brothers; they experienced some mild success with a song called "Hey Schoolgirl
" before taking a break and going off to separate colleges. A few years later, they reconnected in the crowded houses of the Greenwich Village folk music scene and began comparing notes on compositions they'd been working on. These later became cuts on their first post-Tom & Jerry album release, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.
One of them was "Bleecker Street."
The resulting album eventually climbed to #30 on the Billboard charts, but "Bleecker Street" never made a splash, though many claim it is one of Simon & Garfunkel's overlooked masterpieces and a fine example of what embodies pure folk music. The song with the deep impact was "The Sound Of Silence
," which was released with various overdubs and became a #1 hit.