On this day in 1964, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel recorded the acoustic classic ‘The Sound of Silence’. The record company would later add electric guitar, bass and drums without either performer knowing, and then release the song as a single.
The song was written in February of 1964, just after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination; both artists have admitted to mourning that great loss through this song. The track was released in September 1965, and by 1966, it had made it’s way to No. 1 on the U.S. Hot 100 Chart, and would hit the top ten on music charts around the world.