Art Garfunkel’s voice helped shape some of the most famous songs in American music. As half of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, his pipes dominated the pop charts with hits like “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Cecilia” and “Homeward Bound” and multiple No. 1 records.
Later he moved onto a successful solo career. The acclaimed singer told “CBS This Morning” on Tuesday that he never planned to write a book, but after years of jotting down insights in a small notebook he keeps tucked in his back pocket, he decided to put together a memoir.
“What Is It All but Luminous: Notes from an Underground Man,” chronicles his life, career-defining moments and tumultuous relationship with .
“I’ve walked the United States and I’ve walked across Europe. As I walk, little insights occur to me, some of them are big and I get a notion of a first line and I go, that line has rhythm and it means something to me. It touches the theme I’ve thought about all my life,” Garfunkel said.
Garfunkel’s voice helped Simon & Garfunkel earn induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Early on, Garfunkel knew he had a gift and often sang at his temple as a young boy – a place that influenced his style.
“It gave me a spirituality connected to singing right from the earliest age. So you share it with others,” Garfunkel said. “The temple had a big high ceiling with lovely wood walls so the reverb was wonderful and that became a big thing for me. The echo which puts tails on your notes and extends them, I was entranced with that sound.”
After Simon & Garfunkel split in 1970, it was his voice that gave him confidence.
“I didn’t know if the world would accept me, but I knew I could sing without Paul,” he said.
He described the duo’s relationship as “intense” and “like a marriage.”
“It has summers and winters. It waxes and wanes, it is best not talked about. You leave it alone. Sometimes you get a call from Paul or I from him, and out of…