“So Arty, you’ve come crawling back.”
Before diving into “The Boxer,” Paul Simon delivers that zinger to Art Garfunkel, a dig at the group’s habit for one-night reunions, the SNL performance being one of the few times they would join forces at that time (besides a Madison Square Garden political fundraiser). But after the laughs, it’s all business in this 1975 SNL musical performance, which actually came in the show’s second episode ever. They start out with the classic, “The Boxer,” while then digging into “Scarborough Fair” and “My Little Town.” The harmonies are sweet and spot on and it almost makes you wish they would have jumped into the ring once more for SNL40 (Art’s still performing, right?). There’s nothing quite like this duo firing at all cylinders in their prime, though.
This SNL episode actually had 11 musical performances in it, including ones from Randy Newman and Phoebe Snow. That’s still a record for the legendary program. Won’t write too much more. Just please enjoy.