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Art Garfunkel on Paul Simon: Too-Short Pal Became 'Monster'

By    |   Tuesday, 26 May 2015 06:40 AM

Art Garfunkel's ill feelings toward former musical partner Paul Simon boiled over during an interview posted by a British newspaper Sunday, leaving the curly-haired singer to declare he "created a monster" during their relationship.

Simon & Garfunkel, which produced such hits as "Bridge over Troubled Waters" and "Sound of Silence" from "The Graduate" soundtrack, split up in 1971 at the apex of the commercial success, according to People magazine.

The duo's music and influence was good enough by that time to earn them a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall Fame in 1990 and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.

Garfunkel, 73, told The Telegraph that his relationship with his old band mate of the same age had deteriorated by the time they released "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" and believed they needed a break from each other but never permanent split.

"It was very strange," Garfunkel told The Telegraph of the split. "Nothing I would have done. I want to open up about this. I don't want to say any anti-Paul Simon things, but it seems very perverse to not enjoy the glory and walk away from it instead. Crazy."

"What I would have done is take a rest from Paul, because he was getting on my nerves. The jokes had run dry. But a rest of a year was all I needed. I said: 'I'm not married yet. I want to jump on a BMW motorbike and tour round Europe chasing ladies,'" Garfunkel continued.

Garfunkel gave some of his most pointed comments to the publication when asked if he would tour with Simon again, commenting, "I would say, 'Why not, while we're still alive?' But I've been in that same place for decades. This is where I was in 1971," Garfunkel told The Telegraph. "How can you walk away from this lucky place on top of the world, Paul? What's going on with you, you idiot? How could you let that go, jerk?"

Garfunkel said he and Simon starting singing together while attending the same high school, noting he felt sympathy for his singing partner because of his short height and offered "friendship as compensation."

"And that compensation gesture has created a monster. End of interview," Garfunkel told The Telegraph.

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