Simon and Garfunkel were among the most popular recording artists of the 1960s, and are best known for their songs "The Sound of Silence","Mrs. Robinson" and "Bridge over Troubled Water." They have received several Grammys and are inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (2007). In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked them #40 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time."The Sound of Silence" was written by Paul Simon in the aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Simon conceived of the song as a way of capturing the emotional trauma felt by many Americans left by the sudden death of a vigorous and visionary leader. It was originally recorded as an acoustic piece for their first album Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. but was later electrically overdubbed and released as a single. The single slowly climbed the charts until it reached number one on New Year's Day 1966. The song was included in the 1966 album Sounds of Silence.
On September 19, 1981 the folk-rock duo Simon and Garfunkel reunited for a free concert on the Great Lawn of New York's Central Park attended by more than 500,000 people.