'The Sound of Silence' is a song by singer-songwriter duo Simon & Garfunkel. It contains the lyrics: "For the words of the prophets were written on the subway walls, and tenement halls... and echo with the sound of silence". The song was written by Paul Simon in 1963 and 1964. A studio audition led to the duo signing a record deal with Columbia Records. They recorded the song in March 1964 at Columbia Studios in New York City for inclusion on their debut album, 'Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.'.

Simon & Garfunkel were one of the best-selling music groups of the 1960s. Their biggest hits include: 'The Sound of Silence' (1965), 'Mrs. Robinson' (1968), 'The Boxer' (1969), and 'Bridge over Troubled Water' (1970). These are songs which reached number one on singles charts all over the world. This duo became interested in folk music and a growing counterculture movement separately in the early 1960s in Queens, New York. Having performed together previously under the name 'Tom and Jerry' in the late 1950s, their partnership dissolved when they went to college. In 1963, they regrouped and began performing in public. A rocky relationship over artistic disagreements led to their breakup in 1970.

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