Thirty years ago, on October 29, 1989, it was announced that Simon & Garfunkel would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; up to that point the most folk-oriented group to receive that honor (though of course S&G did have a rockin’ side, too). At the ceremony in January 1990, James Taylor gave the induction speech for the duo, and the evening ended with the pair leading an all-star group onstage for stirring renditions of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “The Boxer.”


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This week’s Throwback is Simon & Garfunkel in much earlier times, captured in 1966 on a Dutch TV program, singing “The Sound of Silence.” Their Sounds of Silence album came out in January of that year. This spare version, more than most others I’ve seen, reminded me what an intriguing guitar part Simon plays on it. An interesting and intimate clip, for sure! —Blair Jackson

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