500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Simon and Garfunkel, 'The Sounds of Silence'

157. Simon and Garfunkel, 'The Sounds of Silence'

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)


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