Simon & Garfunkel’s U.S. TV special “Songs Of America” from 1969

Controversial and rare TV show containing in-studio rehearsal and recording, road travel, political viewpoints, concert performances and video montages of key events of the 1960s.

The program was originally to be a “Bell Telephone” TV special and contained news clips of labor leader/activist Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers, the Poor People’s Campaign’s march on Washington, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, JFK and Robert Kennedy and other events that were emblematic of the era. Upon reviewing, the Bell Telephone executives commented: “They’re all Democrats, why no Republicans?” Simon & Garfunkel said, “Is that what you see? How about they were all assassinated?” Simon & Garfunkel met with CBS and they sympathized with the content and agreed to air the program.

Simon & Garfunkel – Songs Of America from Simon and Garfunkel News on Vimeo.