Tuesday, November 22, 2011

This day in music - November 22, 1957: Simon and Garfunkel appear as Tom and Jerry on American Bandstand

Well, everyone's got to start somewhere and Simon and Garfunkel started as Tom and Jerry in 1957. In that same year they were doing well enough to appear on American Bandstand. It seems they had a minor hit with a tune called "Hey, Schoolgirl," so they showed up to sing it for Dick Clark and the boys and girls, who probably gave it an 85 because it had a good beat and you could dance to it (man, I hope somebody gets that joke).

It's certainly nothing like the style they would later become famous for, but, hey, it was still the '50s and that's what the kids were into at the time, apparently. These guys could make anything sound good.

(Cross-posted at Lippmann's Ghost.)

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