Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Spotlight on Simon and Garfunkel

How can any graduate of Forest Hills High School not like Simon and Garfunkel?  They were in the class of 1958 while yours truly graduated in 1967.  Back then there was a math teacher named Jack Garfunkel who was not related to Artie.  I always remembered that Mr. Garfunkel taught to the top notch students in the class.

I recently bought a CD/DVD set celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Bridge over Troubled Waters Album.  They are actually a year late since it was released in 1970. A customer review in Amazon.com states "The DVD includes the duo's rare 1969 CBS television special, Songs of America, and a new documentary, The Harmony Game: The Making of Bridge Over Troubled Water. The special, aired only once on November 30, 1969, has been bootlegged many times, but never before officially reissued."

Back in Summer 1967 I went to a Simon and Garfunkel concert at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium with my friend Alan Nelson.  The Doors were the opening act but they were practically booed off the stage since the audience were predominantly S&G fans.  At the end of the concert we walked toward Continental Avenue when someone yelled out "People are here from the Haimie and Finkelstein Concert."  Those were the days.

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