In 2019, Art Garfunkel, famed for his role in the iconic folk-rock duo Simon and Garfunkel, graced the stage with a memorable performance. He was joined by his son, James Garfunkel, also known as Art Garfunkel Jr, born in 1990. Together, they delivered heartwarming renditions of ‘Devoted To You’ and ‘Let It Be Me’ by The Everly Brothers.
James, who has shared the stage with his father since a young age, including a notable appearance at the US Open Tennis Tournament in 2002 at just 12 years old, has become a familiar figure in these performances.
This particular set of covers held a special significance, as they were a tribute to Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers, who passed away in 2014. The songs, hits in the ’50s and ’60s, were beautifully brought to life by the father-son duo in remembrance of the late musician.
Art Garfunkel’s 2019 tour was a journey through various locales, starting in America in January and wrapping up in Germany in November. The tour saw him performing across the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany.
A touching moment often highlighted in these concerts was Art Garfunkel’s introduction of his son, Arthur Jr., expressing immense pride and admiration. Joined by guitarist Tab Laven and keyboardist Paul Beard, they shared the stage in a close-knit performance, often singing together into the same microphone. A particularly delightful moment came when Art’s wife, Kim, joined them for a rendition of ‘Feelin’ Groovy’.
The audience’s response to these performances was overwhelmingly positive, with cheers, applause, and a shared sense of emotional connection. A recording from a performance on May 12, 2019, in Napa, captured this sentiment and has since become a widely circulated video on social media, offering solace and joy to many.
Looking ahead, Art Garfunkel planned a 2022 tour covering the United States and parts of Europe, including Germany, The Netherlands, and Denmark. Whether Art Jr. will be part of this tour remains a topic of anticipation for fans.