19/09/1981: Simon & Garfunkel play in Central Park

On Saturday 19 September 1981, popular folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel played a concert in Central Park as part of a fund-raising event for the redevelopment and maintenance of the run-down green space in the middle of Manhattan. Around $51,000 was raised.

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The concert was recorded and was later released as The Concert in Central Park album and went gold in the UK and double platinum in the USA.

Film of the concert was produced for television broadcast and the upcoming home video market. HBO televised the film, Simon and Garfunkel: The Concert in Central Park, on February 21, 1982, five days after the album was released. The film was later released for sale in VHS, CED Videodisc, Laserdisc, and DVD formats. It sold more than 50,000 copies in the US, where it earned Gold certification for a music long form video.

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source: wikipedia

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