40 Facts About Art Garfunkel


In 2008, Art Garfunkel was ranked 86th in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

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Art Garfunkel was born in Forest Hills, Queens, New York City, the son of Rose was born on Pearlman and and Jacob "Jack" Art Garfunkel, a traveling salesman.

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Art Garfunkel was a middle child with two brothers, the older Jules and the younger Jerome.

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Art Garfunkel is of Romanian-Jewish descent, his paternal grandparents having emigrated from the city of Iasi.

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At his bar mitzvah in 1954, Art Garfunkel performed as a cantor, singing over four hours of his repertoire for his family.

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Art Garfunkel was a team member in tennis, skiing, fencing, and bowling at the college and joined the all-male a cappella group on campus, the Columbia Kingsmen.

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Art Garfunkel assisted him in his homework by reading his textbooks to Greenberg, who went on to graduate with honors.

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Art Garfunkel briefly teamed with songwriter Bruce Woodley of The Seekers.

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Art Garfunkel worked as the vocal arranger for the duo, working out by whom the songs would be sung and how each song was produced.

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Art Garfunkel is credited as having written the arrangement on "The Boxer" and creating "Voices of Old People" on Bookends.

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Art Garfunkel spent late 1971 to early 1972 working as a mathematics teacher teaching geometry to high school sophomores at the short-lived Litchfield Academy in Connecticut.

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On his next album, 1975's Breakaway, Art Garfunkel briefly reunited with Simon for the 1975 hit "My Little Town".

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In 1976, Garfunkel recorded both background and duet vocals for several artists, including Stephen Bishop's Careless album, James Taylor's In The Pocket album and J D Souther's Black Rose album.

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In 1978, Garfunkel toured the U S and Canada extensively with noted guitarist Arlen Roth, John Barlow Jarvis on piano, and Leah Kunkel on second vocals.

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Art Garfunkel later admitted that the incident left him in a deep depression.

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Art Garfunkel's next album was a low point in his career.

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In 1986, Garfunkel played the part of the butcher on the Mike Batt concept album The Hunting of the Snark.

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In 2003, Art Garfunkel made his debut as a songwriter on his Everything Waits to Be Noticed album.

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In 2003, Simon and Art Garfunkel reunited again for a successful world tour that extended into 2004.

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In 2009, Art Garfunkel appeared as himself on the HBO television show Flight of the Conchords episode entitled "Prime Minister".

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Art Garfunkel continued to tour in 2009 with four musicians and his son.

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In January 2010, Art Garfunkel developed vocal problems following damage to his vocal cords as the result of an incident in which he had briefly choked on a piece of lobster.

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In November 2010, Art Garfunkel said that because of quitting smoking he was recovering from paresis and would be touring in 2011.

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Art Garfunkel tried to resume touring in August 2012 just after releasing a 34-song retrospective, The Singer.

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Art Garfunkel scheduled 19 solo shows in the United States and Sweden between August and December 2012.

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Art Garfunkel was riding a motorcycle and began writing a poem describing the countryside.

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Art Garfunkel's website contains a year-by-year listing of every book he has read since 1968.

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Art Garfunkel has an interest in the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, having read his book Confessions at least three times .

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Art Garfunkel pursued an acting career in the early 70s, appearing in two Mike Nichols films: Catch-22, in which he played a supporting role as the 19-year-old naive Lieutenant Nately, and Carnal Knowledge, a co-starring role in which he played the idealistic character Sandy.

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Art Garfunkel later appeared in Nicolas Roeg's Bad Timing as Alex Linden, an American psychiatrist who serves as the film's main antagonist.

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Art Garfunkel played Harry Finklestein, the slightly senile and comic-relief father of the film's main character.

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Art Garfunkel's voice changed almost imperceptibly until his late fifties, when it began to lower after years of smoking.

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Art Garfunkel quit smoking around 2010 to aid his recovery from vocal cord paresis.

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Art Garfunkel has claimed that not only did he not love her, he didn't even like her much.

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Art Garfunkel was romantically involved with actress and photographer Laurie Bird from March 1974 until her suicide in 1979.

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Art Garfunkel senior has undertaken several long walks in his lifetime, writing poetry along the way.

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From 1983 to 1997, Art Garfunkel walked across the United States, taking 40 excursions to complete the route from New York City to the Pacific coast of Oregon.

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In May 1998, Garfunkel launched an installment walk across Europe, from a start in Ireland to his final stop in Istanbul in 2015.

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Art Garfunkel has said his all-time favorite pop song was The Beatles' "Here, There and Everywhere" and his all-time favorite album was Rumours by Fleetwood Mac.

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Art Garfunkel has been arrested twice for the possession of marijuana: once in early 2004 and again in August 2005.

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