In March 1966 Simon & Garfunkel made their UK singles chart debut with Homeward Bound.
Paul Simon is said to have written the song at Farnworth railway station, Widnes, England, while stranded overnight waiting for a train. A frequently replaced plaque is displayed in the station to commemorate this, although memorabilia hunters have stolen previous editions of it many times.
The song describes Paul’s longing to return home, both to his then girlfriend, Kathy Chitty, in Brentwood, Essex, England, and to return to the United States. The song reached No.9 in the UK and was a No.5 hit in the US.
Homeward Bound featured on the duo’s 2nd studio album, Sounds Of Silence, along with the (nearly) title track The Sounds Of Silence and I Am A Rock, which was released in June of the same year. Indeed, by the end of 1966 Simon & Garfunkel were firmly established as huge stars.
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