Simon and Garfunkel Sing “Benedictus”

Raise your hand if you remember this:  Simon and Garfunkel’s recording of the traditional hymn “Benedictus.”

This hymn is a selection from the duo’s debut album, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.  It was arranged by Art Garfunkel and recorded on March 31, 1964, which would have been shortly before the duo rose to international fame.   Paul Simon is featured on Tenor and Guitar, while Garfunkel is on Stand-Up Bass and Counter-Tenor.

The text, in Latin, is benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini (KJV: Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord).

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  • Stuart James

    That’s lovely and what a surprise. I’m a big fan of Simon & Garfunkel. Introduced to them recently when wifey bought me their “best” CD. I had no idea they’d done this though.


  • Nancy Ward

    Love this. A great discovery.Thanks.

  • Manny

    Oh wow, I’ve never heard that before. It’s nice, though i wouldn’t say great, but who would have thought a couple of Jewish guys would sing that.

  • John Shore

    Beautiful. Thank you, Kathy.