Art Garfunkel

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Arthur Ira "Art" Garfunkel (born November 5, 1941) is an American singer, poet, and actor, best known as half of the folk duo Simon & Garfunkel. In particular, he is remembered for being the lead singer on the No. 1 hit single, "Bridge Over Troubled Water". In 1970, at the height of their popularity, the duo split.

Garfunkel also has had a successful career as an actor, winning a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Sandy kaufman in Carnal Knowledge. As a Poet, he has written a Pulitzer-Award Nominated Book and as a comedian, he has hosted Saturday Night Live six times.

Highlights of his solo career include a top ten hit, three top twenty hits, six top forty hits, fourteen Adult Contemporary top 30 singles, Five Adult Contemporary number ones, two UK number ones, a Golden Globe nomination and a People's Choice Award.

Through his solo and collaborative work, Garfunkel has earned six Grammys, including the Lifetime Achievement Award.[1] In 1994, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Early life and career

Art Garfunkel (Hebrew Name: Aharon Ira ben Yaakov) was born in Forest Hills, Queens, New York City, the son of Rose (b. 1911, d. June 17, 2005), a housewife, and Jacob "Jack" Garfunkel (b. July 9, 1908, d. August 1986), a travelling menswear salesman.[2][3][4] His family was Jewish, with his paternal grandparents having immigrated from Iaşi in Romania, and Garfunkel is the first cousin of pop impresario Lou Pearlman on his mother's side.[5][6][7] Garfunkel attended Forest Hills High School. While neither of Garfunkel's parents had connection to the music business, both had good singing voices.

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