Simon and Garfunkel
Simon & Garfunkel are an American duo consisting of singer-songwriter
Singer-songwriters are musicians who write, compose and sing their own musical material including lyrics and melodies. As opposed to contemporary popular music singers who write their own songs, the term singer-songwriter describes a distinct form of artistry, closely associated with the...

 Paul Simon
Paul Simon
Paul Frederic Simon is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist.Simon is best known for his success, beginning in 1965, as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, with musical partner Art Garfunkel. Simon wrote most of the pair's songs, including three that reached number one on the US singles...

 and singer Art Garfunkel
Art Garfunkel
Arthur Ira "Art" Garfunkel is an American singer-songwriter, poet, and actor, best known as being a member of the folk duo Simon & Garfunkel...

. They formed the group Tom & Jerry in 1957 and had their first success with the minor hit "Hey, Schoolgirl". As Simon & Garfunkel, the duo rose to fame in 1965, largely on the strength of the hit single "The Sound of Silence
The Sound of Silence
"The Sound of Silence" is the song that propelled the 1960s folk music duo Simon & Garfunkel to popularity. It was written in February 1964 by Paul Simon in the aftermath of the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy. An initial version preferred by the band was remixed and sweetened, and has become...

". Their music was featured in the landmark film The Graduate
The Graduate
The Graduate is a 1967 American comedy-drama motion picture directed by Mike Nichols. It is based on the 1963 novel The Graduate by Charles Webb, who wrote it shortly after graduating from Williams College. The screenplay was by Buck Henry, who makes a cameo appearance as a hotel clerk, and Calder...

 (1967), propelling them further into the public consciousness.

They are well known for their vocal close harmonies and were among the most popular recording artists of the 1960s.

But all my words come back to me In shades of mediocrity

"Homeward Bound", Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme|Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (1966)

And you read your Emily Dickinson, And I, my Robert Frost, And we note our place with bookmarkers That measure what we've lost.

"The Dangling Conversation", Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme (1966)

Laugh about it, shout about it, When you've got to choose, Every way you look at it, you lose.

"Mrs. Robinson", Bookends|Bookends (1968)

And in the naked light I saw Ten thousand people, maybe more. People talking without speaking, People hearing without listening.

"The Sound of Silence", Sounds of Silence|Sounds of Silence (1966)

And the people bowed and prayed To the neon God they made. And the sign flashed out its warning, In the words that it was forming. And the signs said, the words of the prophets Are written on the subway walls And tenement halls. And whisperd in the sounds of silence.

"The Sound of Silence", Sounds of Silence (1966)

I have squandered my resistance For a pocketful of mumbles, such are promises All lies and jest Still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.

"The Boxer", Bridge Over Troubled Water|Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)

When I left my home and my family, I was no more than a boy In the company of strangers In the quiet of the railway station, runnin' scared Laying low, seeking out the poorer quarters, where the ragged people go Looking for the places only they would know.

"The Boxer", Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)

And after it rains There's a rainbow And all of the colors are black Its not that the colors aren't there It's just imagination they lack.

"My Little Town", Still Crazy After All These Years|Still Crazy After All These Years (1975)