IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY… SIMON AND GARFUNKEL’S ‘MRS.ROBINSON’ IS RELEASED

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On this date- April 5, 1968 Simon and Garfunkel released one of their landmark singles “Mrs. Robinson” two days after their album “Bookends” was dropped. Mrs Robinson would go to #1- and become the first rock recording to win the Grammy for Record of The Year.  The song was also included on the soundtrack of the movie “The Graduate.”The most famous line in the song to me is “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?”- Simon was a Mickey Mantle fan and when asked why DiMaggio instead of Mantle he replied ‘Its all about syllables.”. DiMaggio himself- a great ballplayer but not the sharpest tool in the shed- was confused by it- asking Simon “What I don’t understand, is why you ask where I’ve gone. I just did a Mr. Coffee commercial, I’m a spokesman for the Bowery Savings Bank and I haven’t gone anywhere!” Simon replied “that I didn’t mean the lines literally, that I thought of him as an American hero and that genuine heroes were in short supply. He accepted the explanation and thanked me. We shook hands and said good night.”  I don’t think Mrs. Robinson is my favorite Simon and Garfunkel song- but their three signature tunes without question were “The Sound Of Silence” at the beginning of their career, “Mrs. Robinson” more towards the middle and at the end “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”… A month after DiMaggio’s death Paul Simon performed “Mrs. Robinson” at Yankee Stadium in tribute to Joltin’ Joe.

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