Simon & Garfunkel recorded “The Sound of Silence” in New York

Simon & Garfunkel recorded “The Sound of Silence” in New York

The song was written by Paul Simon over several months in 1963 and 1964. A studio audition led to the duo Simon & Garfunkel signing a record deal with Columbia Records, and the song was recorded in March 1964 at Columbia Studios in New York City.

CBS 30th Street Studio, also known as Columbia 30th Street Studio, and nicknamed “The Church” the building was later demolished / Image: unknown, via forums.stevehoffman.tv

Released on October 19, 1964, the album was a commercial failure and led to the group disbanding. In 1965, the song began to attract airplay at radio stations. The growing airplay led Tom Wilson, the song’s producer, to remix the track, overdubbing electric instruments and drums. This took place in the Columbia 30th Street Studio. Simon & Garfunkel were not informed of the song’s remix until after its release. The single was released in September 1965.

The residential apartment building called “The Wilshire”, completed in 1985, was built on the site of  Columbia 30th Street Studio / Image: via cityrealty.com

Featured Image: Simon & Garfunkel, Sounds Of Silence cover / Image: Columbia Records

Websites: simonandgarfunkel.com, columbiarecords.com



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