SINGER and actor Dean Elliott has always been a big fan of Paul Simon and his former partner Art Garfunkel, but it was a magical moment while watching him perform live at the Liverpool Echo Arena a little over three years ago that sparked a new appreciation of the singer/songwriter’s talent.
He said: “The thing that really got me was when the band left, it all went black and there was just a spotlight on him. He sang The Sound Of Silence by himself and it was incredible. We were in an arena and it had been such a noisy, rowdy Liverpudlian welcome, but when he sang that you could have heard a pin drop.
“That song is now 50 years old but it had that profound effect — and it had me mesmerised.”
Elliott’s most memorable role up until that point was playing Buddy Holly in a two-year run of Buddy The Musical at the Duchess Theatre in London’s West End. Now he is part of a team that has written a new musical The Simon And Garfunkel Story which opens a 70-date national tour at the Wycombe Swan on January 15.
The show is not just a tribute act, but tells the story of how two young Jewish lads from the Queens district of New York met while schoolboys, started a rock ‘n’ roll band, split up, then re-formed in the Sixties as a folk rock duo that were to become one of most successful musical acts of their era.