Writer: Paul Simon
Producer: Tom Wilson
Released: Nov. '65, Columbia
14 weeks; No. 1
Simon wrote this as an acoustic ballad, but Simon and Garfunkel's first single version died. While Simon was in England, Wilson, who was producing Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," asked members of Dylan's studio band to add electric guitar and drums. Columbia released the amplified "Silence," which became a hit before Simon and Garfunkel had even heard it.
Appears on: Sounds of Silence (Columbia)