Art Garfunkel, the singer better known as one half of the sixties singing sensation Simon & Garfunkel, has opened up about his stormy relationship with long-time musical partner, Paul Simon. In a series of candid answers, Mr. Garfunkel revealed the continuing rift between the two singers and former musical partners.
When asked about the prospects of another reunion tour, Mr. Garfunkel was less than optimistic about the future.
“Will I do another tour with Paul?” he mused. “Well, that’s quite doable. As far as this half is concerned, why not? But I’ve been in that same place for decades. This is where I was in 1971.”
At that point, the ageing singer began a rhetorical dialogue between himself and Mr. Simon.
“How can you walk away from this lucky place on top of the world, Paul? What’s going on with you, you idiot? How could you let that go, jerk?”
Delving into the pair’s storied past, Mr. Garfunkel even went so far as to question his motives for approaching and befriending the pint-sized Mr. Simon when they were children. Mr. Garfunkel admitted that he felt genuinely sorry for Mr. Simon, who was struggling with his height at the time.
“And that compensation gesture has created a monster,” Mr. Garfunkel added.
The famous singer and actor then recounted a story about meeting ex-Beatle George Harrison.
“George came up to me at a party once and said ‘my Paul is to me what your Paul is to you.’ He meant that psychologically they had the same effect on us. The Pauls sidelined us,” he explained. “I think George felt suppressed by Paul and I think that’s what he saw with me and my Paul. Here’s the truth: McCartney was a helluva music man who gave the band its energy, but he also ran away with a lot of the glory.”
Mr. Garfunkel ended the interview with an appraisal of the general situation.
“It takes two to tango. I don’t want to be the blushing bride waiting for Paul Simon to walk down the aisle,” he said. “If he’s too busy to work with me I guess the real answer to your question is, ‘I’m too busy to work with him.’ I think that’s the only answer I can give you for pride’s sake.”
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