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Tom and Jerry (music)

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See Tom and Jerry for other uses of the phrase "Tom and Jerry".


Tom and Jerry was the original stage name used by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel in 1957. They had a hit with the song "Hey Schoolgirl". Garfunkel was Tom, and Simon was Jerry. They toured for eighteen months before retiring to become college students and then reforming in 1963 as Simon and Garfunkel.

They performed one last time as Tom and Jerry in Buffalo, New York in 1967, when they opened for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. They did a short set as Tom and Jerry, performing only their old numbers. This was followed by the usual chaotic Mothers show. Then they came back out for an encore, still in the guise of Tom and Jerry, and sang "Sounds of Silence" to a suddenly comprehending audience.

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