Music on Mondays (1-18-2016)—”Sounds of Silence” celebrates its Golden Anniversary this month

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I started listening to rock music in late 1965 when I was in the Thomas D. Dee Memorial Hospital in Ogden, Utah. I was in the troubled youth ward, either because my mom and stepdad put me there, or the State of Utah put me there. I’ll never know because mom and stepdad are dead, and the State of Utah records, as well as the Dee hospital records were destroyed long ago.

Nonetheless, I thought 2016 would be a great time to check out some of the albums which are celebrating their golden anniversary this year, so each month for one of my Music on Monday series, I’ll be highlighting an album from 1966. I’ll only be highlighting those which I own, which reside in my non-classical digital music collection.

First up is “Sounds of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel, released on January 17, 1966. I didn’t buy this album until 1971 when Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” beat out The Beatles’ “Let It Be” for the Song of the Year. As a Beatles fan, I vehemently disagreed with that choice. But it was a great song so I went off to explore other Simon & Garfunkel songs.

Following is the complete album, but if you only have time to listen to a couple of songs, listen to “The Sounds of Silence” (peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart) and “I Am A Rock” (peaked at #3).

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15 thoughts on “Music on Mondays (1-18-2016)—”Sounds of Silence” celebrates its Golden Anniversary this month

  1. renxkyoko

    My mother has ” Best of ” of Simon & Garfunkel cd. They are one of the best, imho. I wonder why current musicians don’t compose music such as S & G’s. anymore. Good ones are few and far between.

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      1. renxkyoko

        And the melody too. It’s so beautiful the hair on my arm stand on end. SOund of Silence, and that song with ” Mrs. robinson” ? The radio in my car is permanently tuned in to Classic rock station.

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        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          When we got the 2015 Toyota Corolla on August 28, 2015, I quickly discovered that there is a USB flash drive as an integral part of the sound system. Thus, whenever I go out in the car, I copy music to a 16 GB flash drive, plug it into the car, and rock ‘n’ roll down the highway. I guess you could say that I gave up radio in 2015 to go along with giving up a landline phone in 2011 and cable in 2013………LOL

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  2. Patricia Salamone

    Sounds of Silence is one of my favorite songs, however I was born in 1943 luckily and have had the honor of being part of many musical changes, 50’s and 60’s are where my heart is. Although I don’t have a singing voice I still sing along to all the greats. Thanks for the memories :o).

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