Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Paul's brother Eddie and their friend Stewey Scharf were sitting around a house on Blue Jay Way in Los Angeles, messing around with a tape recorder, when a song appeared almost out of thin air. Paul began playing his guitar and the others began creating a beat by banging on things around the room. They soon stumbled upon the "Cecilia" beat, and they perfected it later in the studio with their producer, Roy Halee.
They released it as their follow-up single to "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and it reached Number Four on the Hot 100. Oddly enough, they first created the song in the same house where George Harrison was staying when he wrote the Beatles song "Blue Jay Way."