‘At times during my childhood, I just wanted to be alone with my thoughts and Simon and Garfunkel’s music
Lifelong Simon and Garfunkel fan, London born Joe Ellis 52, now from Bullockstone in Kent, has decided to make his obsession public and has set up a new members only Facebook Group. Ellis was identified by the Mail on Sunday some years ago, during a DVD promotion of Art Garfunkel as his number one fan, but failed to mention his love of Paul Simon as well.
Ellis has followed Simon and Garfunkel since the age of 5 years after hearing A Hazy Shade of Winter on his parents’ Rediffusion radio in 1966, following a particularly turbulent time in his family life. He recalls how many of the songs echo complex times in his life including dealing with his (then undiagnosed) Asperger’s Syndrome:
‘At times during my childhood, I just wanted to be alone with my thoughts and Simon and Garfunkel’s music helped me through difficult times and kept me calm’.
Ellis said, about his Facebook Group ‘Simon and Garfunkel UK’ and his similar Twitter account: I want to discuss my favourite music with other fans and my aim is to publish rare photographs, video footage and items of interest not currently in the public domain; as well as personal interpretations of the myriad of songs produced by the Duo’.
Ellis is such a fan, that when they reunited in 2000, he travelled to New York to see them at Madison Square Gardens, three nights in a row, and again in following weeks in Manchester and Hyde Park London in the UK.
On the third night in New York another fan, and one half of the Simon and Garfunkel Bookends Tribute Duo, Dan Haynes, was also in the audience, and coincidentally Ellis has invited him to become joint administrator for the Facebook Group.
Haynes, along with fellow musician Pete Richards, are considered the UK’s top Simon and Garfunkel Tribute Band by many including BBC Radio Nottingham. After a UK wide radio tour, many other BBC Radio Stations and their listeners were raving about Bookends and their show.’
Simon and Garfunkel UK is a closed members Group which protects the integrity of the material posted. Ellis and Haynes will be working hard to ensure the Group is worth being a member of and invites Simon and Garfunkel fans globally to join them in what promises to be a new and exciting venture. Only one week into its launch sees nearly two hundred members with a wealth of material between them, and the Twitter account has unbelievably 14.8 thousand followers already.
Haynes said ‘the response to the Group so far has been fantastic and I am glad to be a part of it. It is a really active Group and it is great to chat and share stories with fellow Simon and Garfunkel fans.’
Of course if Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon are out there reading this, perhaps they would also like to join the Group to give it the ultimate approval.
Join now:www.facebook.com/groups/simonandgarfunkeluk or www.twitter.com/paul_artie_uk
To check out Dan and Pete’s Simon and Garfunkel Bookends Tribute: https://www.facebook.com/thebookendsshow
NOTES TO EDITORS:
To contact Joe Ellis
PO Box 262, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 9AW
Tel: 01227 376180
To contact Dan Haynes
Joe Ellis is a 7th Dan Black Belt and a full time professional karate coach of international repute.
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