August 17, 1968: Bookends by Simon & Garfunkel is released

Bookends (1968) by Simon & Garfunkel (5 weeks, total 7 weeks)

Bookends is the fourth studio album by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel. The duo had risen to fame two years prior with the albums Sounds of Silence and Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme and the soundtrack album for the 1967 film The Graduate.

Bookends is a concept album that explores a life journey from childhood to old age. Side one of the album marks successive stages in life, the theme serving as bookends to the life cycle. Side two largely consists of unused material for The Graduate soundtrack. Simon’s lyrics concern youth, disillusionment, relationships, old age, and mortality.

The album produced the number-one single “Mrs. Robinson”. Bookends was considered a breakthrough for the duo, placing them on the same level as artists such as the Beatles, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones at the forefront of the cultural movement in the 1960s. The album has continued to receive critical acclaim.

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August 17, 1958: American singer Belinda Carlisle born

1958-Belinda_Carlisle_(14357874569)-WikipediaBelinda Carlisle is an American singer. She gained worldwide fame as the lead singer of The Go-Gos, one of the most successful all-female bands of all time, and went on to have a prolific career as a solo act.

Carlisle began her music career in 1977 as a member of the Los Angeles punk band the Germs, and went on to join The Go-Gos as the lead singer after the band’s formation in 1978. With their chart-topping debut release Beauty and the Beat in 1981, the group helped popularise new wave music in the United States, and were the first all-female band in history who wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to achieve a No. 1 album. The Go-Go’s have sold over 7 million records worldwide.

After dissolution of The Go-Go’s in 1985, Carlisle went on to have a successful solo career with radio hits such as “Mad About You”, “I Get Weak”, “Circle in the Sand”, “Leave a Light On” and “Heaven Is a Place on Earth”, among others, which were major successes internationally.

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