Because you can never be reminded too many times how awesome The Concert In Central Park is.
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Simon and Garfunkel’s iconic album—The Concert in Central Park—was recorded on this date on the Great Lawn 33 years ago in 1981. The album was released a few months later in February of 1982.
The New York Times called it “a wonderful concert,” with “one of the finest groups of musicians ever to play together at a New York rock concert,” and a “valentine to the city.” And while history records that “several hundred thousand” people jammed the Great Lawn, it was probably closer to 50,000.
But all those people and all those concerts took their toll on the Great Lawn, and by the close of the decade it was commonly known as the “Great Dust Bowl" for its lack of greenery and grass. In 1995, Central Park Conservancy undertook an $18 million project to restore the Great Lawn. Today, the lawn is still great and full of life. And music.
Today is the 33rd anniversary of Simon and Garfunkel’s Concert In Central Park. I wonder if Artie remembers that is today. The only reason I say this is because back on February 07, 2014 when I saw Artie in concert I asked him what the most memorable moment of his career was. He responded that it was The Concert In Central Park and gave a lovely explanation of why it meant so much to him. The only thing is, he was way off on the date. He said it happened on September 21, 1983!
33 years ago today is the anniversary of one of the best nites in Simon and Garfunkel history, The Concert In Central Park.
James Taylor - In the Pocket (insert). Pretty cool record and what a great team. Everyone should listen to this album.
Can I just say that I love how Artie is sitting there in the middle with that look on his face like he’s up to something.