60’s Pop Music Duos

Simon and Garfunkel

Simon and Garfunkel Netherlands 1982

During the 60’s Pop music produced several top recording duos dotting the music charts and influencing future song writers and groups to this day. Let’s check out a couple of successful duos from the 60’s that also recorded as lesser recognized names prior to they strike it huge as the names they are called today.


An early release by duo that called themselves Tom & Jerry in 1957 did not fair well, although the duo did handle to crack the top 100 on the music charts. Subsequent releases proved to be really considerable, not only for pop rock, however for folk rock. After very little success as Tom & Jerry and reuniting together in the mid 60’s as Simon and Garfunkel, the duo created a path through pop and folk music that is iconic.


With a barrage of finely crafted pop and folk plans, Simon and Garfunkel amassed lots of pop hits such as “Homeward Bound, “”The Sound Of Silence,” “I Am A Rock,” “Mrs. Robinson” (from the movie “The Graduate”), “The Boxer” and the Garfunkel-led ballad “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” to name a few. After they split up, Garfunkel went on to record a number of favored albums, however Paul Simon ended up being referred to as one of the most crucial and respected songwriters of the pop music era.


After the split from Simon and Garfunkel, Paul Simon scored top 10 pop strikes with “Mother And Child Reunion,” “Kodachrome,” “Loves Me Like A Rock” as well as “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover.” However Simon broke new ground musically and personally in 1986 with the album “Graceland,” which he adeptly mixed a collage of musical categories and political declarations into one of the most exceptional solo albums of all time. Somewhat controversial, it stays the criteria for all solo artists who want to experiment with their musical background and include a mix of various cultures to the album to record not just their currently existing fan base, but create a new one.

Jan and Dean

Jan and Dean 1964

Popular for their 1959 hit “Baby Talk,” Jan Berry and Dean Torrence rode the waves of the Beach Boys-led browse music noise in the early 1960’s. Previously known as Jan and Arnie, their contagious hit “Surf City,” (the duo’s only number one hit) was co-written by Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, who likewise offered back-up vocals.


Jan Berry returned the favor in1966 by singing lead on the Beach Boy’s hit “Barbara Ann.” Jan and Dean had other chart hits such as “Drag City,” the prophetic “Dead Man’s Curve” and the whimsical “The Little Old Lady From Pasadena”. The duo’s success was interrupted in April of 1966 when Jan was critically injured in a car accident.

Sonny and Cher

Sonny and Cher Show - 1976

The partner and wife team of Caesar and Cleo did not secure fame until they altered their name to Sonny and Cher and went on to pop mega-stardom, not just in music, however in tv. Their development hit “I Got You Babe” reached top status and held that position for 3 weeks in 1965. While still together as Sonny and Cher, each scored hits recording independently, Sonny with “Laugh At Me” and Cher with “All I Really Want To Do” and “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).” Their magical musical mix and wisecracking repartee spawned an extremely effective CBS-TV variety series that ran from1971 through 1974. As a duo, Sonny and Cher secured leading ten hits such as “Baby Don’t Go,”” The Beat Goes On,” “All I Ever Need Is You” and “A Cowboy’s Work Is Never Done.” Sadly, the marital relationship ended in divorce in 1973, but the story of Sonny and Cher does not.


They were briefly reunited in 1975 and Cher advanced to a fantastic solo profession and Sonny went into politics. Sonny Bono was chosen mayor of Palm Springs, California then elected to Congress in 1994 until his tragic death from a skiing mishap in 1998. Cher continued in music as well as included a very first rate acting profession to her collection.


As a solo artist in the 1970’s, Cher scored hits with songs like “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves,” “The Way Of Love,” “Half-Breed” and “Dark Lady” amongst others. Remarkably, ten years later on Cher was again in the Top 40 with her number one hit “Believe,” which invested 4 weeks as the top pop song and stayed on the charts for twenty-five weeks. To this day Cher stays peerless and is one of the most renowned female singers and her hallmark voice will be heard for decades to come.


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