Wednesday Morning 3AM (stylised as Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. ) Album is by Simon & Garfunkel, who were an American folk-rock duo. Their debut album was released on the 19th of October 1964 under the record label Columbia Records, now part of Sony Music Entertainment. The twelve track album was produced by Tom Wilson, who was an American producer. Along with his work with Simon & Garfunkel, he worked with Bob Dylan, the Velvet Underground and the Animals. Tom Wilson died in Los Angeles aged forty-eight in 1978.
With strong harmonies, it includes an acoustic reading of their single, ” The Sound of Silence “. The Wednesday Morning 3AM album was not successful which resulted in the duo discontinuing their partnership, albeit temporarily. Paul Simon went back to England, where he had first moved to in 1964, with Art Garfunkel continuing with his studies at Columbia University.
During the time apart, their producer, Tom Wilson, decided to overdub the track with electric guitar, bass and drums.
The newer version of the single was picked up by a Boston radio station and added to their playlist. Within weeks it had become a hit in the United States. The duo hastily reunited and continued their successful partnership.
The Wednesday Morning 3AM album has since its release received positive reviews from critics. In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Bruce Eder awarded the album four out of five stars. He commented that it ” doesn’t resemble any other Simon & Garfunkel album “, adding that their “harmonising here came out of the Everly Brothers playbook “.
Reviewing the vinyl LP for Entertainment-Focus dated October the 29th 2018, Greg Jameson wrote that ” the songs are beautifully sung, and the stripped-back production gives it a certain purity “.
The most popular single, ” The Sound of Silence “, was released on the 12th of September 1965. Written by Paul Simon, it was produced by Tom Wilson. The single, written in 1963, has been certified Gold in the United States for sales of over one million copies.
In the United States, ” The Sound of Silence ” reached Number One on the 1st of January 1966. It spent two weeks at the top and fourteen weeks on the Top 100. Although Simon & Garfunkel were toppled by the Beatles ” We Can Work It Out “, they returned to the top on the 22nd of January for one week. The single also topped the Oricon Chart in Japan and the Springbok in South Africa. , ” The Sound of Silence ” also charted inside the Top Ten in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Austria, West Germany and the Netherlands.
The Wednesday Morning 3AM album became a successful release for Simon & Garfunkel. In the United States, it peaked at number thirty on the 26th of February 1966 and spent thirty-one weeks on the Billboard 200.
In the United Kingdom, the album entered the UK Albums Chart on the 9th of November 1968 and peaked at number twenty-four. It spent six weeks in the Top 100.
About Simon & Garfunkel
Simon & Garfunkel were a folk-rock duo. Consisting of Paul Frederic Simon and Arthur Ira Garfunkel, they met in 1953 at elementary school in Queens, a borough of New York.
They began their musical career as Tom And Jerry, and taking inspiration from the Every Brother’s, the duo had a minor hit in the United States with a rock ‘ n ‘ roll inspired song, ” Hey Schoolgirl “.
In 1963 the duo became aware of the growing folk music movement and changed their name to Simon & Garfunkel. They signed to Columbia Records and released a debut album. With poor sales, they parted again with Paul Simon returning to a career as a solo artist.
After the success of their reworked single, ” The Sound Of Silence “, the duo enjoyed more hit singles and albums, including their fifth and last studio album Bridge Over Troubled Water. The album has become one of the best selling albums of all time with worldwide sales of over twenty-five million copies.
Simon & Garfunkel split in 1970 with Art Garfunkel pursuing a film career and Paul Simon continuing with music. Both of them released solo work in the following years.
In 1990, the duo was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and had notched up worldwide sales of 100 million records.
Wednesday Morning 3AM Album Track Listing:
1. You Can Tell the World
2. Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream
3. Bleecker Street
6. The Sounds of Silence
7. He Was My Brother
9. Go Tell It on the Mountain
10. The Sun Is Burning
11. The Times They Are a-Changin’
12. Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.