Art Garfunkel

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Art Garfunkel ~ Short Bio

More known as the other half of Simon and Garfunkel, Art Garfunkel was born on the 5th. of November, 1941. His full name is Arthur Ira “Art” Garfunkel.

Art Garfunkel met his future singing partner Paul Simon in the sixth grade, when they were both cast in the elementary school graduation play, Alice In Wonderland.They started performing together as “Tom & Jerry”. It was after their graduation that the duo started performing under their own name as “Simon and Garfunkel”.

Their first album did not do very well under the Columbia label and the duo went separate ways. However, the following year, producer of the album took one of the songs from the album, “The Sound Of Silence” and released it as a single. It was a huge success and the song went to the number one spot on the Billboard pop charts.

After that success, the pair reunited and went on to become one of the most popular acts of the 1960s. In the Seventies however, Simon and Garfunkel went on to pursue their solo career.

As a solo artist Art Garfunkel’s achievement

include a top 10 hit, three top 20 hits, six top 40 hits, 14 Adult Contemporary top 30 singles, five Adult Contemporary number ones, two UK number ones and a People’s Choice Award. Through his solo and collaborative work, Garfunkel has earned six Grammys, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1990, he and former musical partner Simon were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Wikipedia

Art Garfunkel Official Site

Frank Zappa

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Frank Zappa – Brief Biography

Frank Zappa, full name, Frank Vincent Zappa, born on December 21, 1940, was one of the most prolific musician of the Seventies era. He was a songwriter, composer, recording engineer, record producer, and film director. A multi talented artist, Frank Zappa composed rock, jazz, orchestral and musique concrète works. He also involved in directing feature-length films and music videos and also designing album covers.

Frank Zappa received no formal training in music and was totally a self taught performer and composer and thus was often difficult to categorize his genre of music. His compositions were highly influenced by innovative or experimental composers of his time which often did not conform to standard practices.

Throughout the mid Sixties to the entire span of the Seventies and on to the Eighties, Frank Zappa’s career never weaned even though there were many ups and dopwns throughout. He passed on December 4, 1993 at the young age of 52.

Zappa was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.

References:

Wikipedia
Zappa dot com

David Bowie

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David Bowie – Short Biography

David Bowie was born on 8 January 1947 in Brixton, London. His real name is David Robert Jones. His parents were regular English people with his father Haywood Stenton “John” Jones hailing from Yorkshire while mother Margaret Mary “Peggy” was from Kent.

David Bowie spent his early schooling years in the suburb of Bromley, where he attended school. Bowies’s interest in music also took an early root there.

From 1962 right up to the early seventies David Bowie’s career as a musician achieved considerable success, collobrating with some big names in the industry and experimenting with different genres of music. In 1974, he relocated to the United States, settling down in Los Angeles.

Unfortunately, despite his success, it was there that Bowie got himself involved in drugs. His drug problem was so serious that he was described as “deranged” by some.

In 1976, Bowie moved to Switzerland where his drug problem worsened. He however was able to maintain his sanity and even took interest in other pursuits outside his musical career. He took up painting and photography, producing a number of post-modernist pieces. Bowie also began an intensive self-improvement course in classical music and literature.

Mabe it was due to all this new interest that David Bowie decided to do something to get rid of his drug addiction. At the end of 1976, he moved to West Berlin with the hope of cleaning up his life and revitalizing his burgeoning career.

David Bowie proved to be one of the resiliant artist that have the ability to lats through 3 decades. As q1uoted from Wikipedia,

Bowie reached a new peak of popularity and commercial success in 1983 with Let’s Dance. Co-produced by Chic’s Nile Rodgers, the album went platinum in both the UK and the US. Its three singles became top twenty hits in both countries, where its title track reached number one. “Modern Love” and “China Girl” made number two in the UK,

David Bowie is still performing right to this day.

References:

Wikipedia
David Bowie (Official) Facebook Page