7 O'Clock News / Silent Night (2:02)

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“7 O’Clock News/Silent Night” is the twelfth and final track on Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme, a 1966 album by Simon & Garfunkel. The track consists of an overdubbing of two contrasting recordings: a simple arrangement of the Christmas carol “Silent Night”, and a simulated “7 O’Clock News” bulletin of the actual events of 3 August 1966.

The “Silent Night” track consists of Simon and Garfunkel singing the first verse twice over, accompanied by Garfunkel on piano. The voice of the newscaster is that of Charlie O’Donnell, then a radio disc jockey. As the track progresses, the song becomes fainter and the news report louder.

The following events are reported in the order given:

A dispute in the House of Representatives over “the civil rights bill”. It is stated that President Johnson had originally proposed a full ban on discrimination for any type of housing — dismissed as “having no chance” — and that “a compromise was painfully worked out in the House Judiciary Committee.”

The death of comedian Lenny Bruce from an overdose of narcotics.

Dr. Martin Luther King reaffirming plans for an open housing Civil Rights march into Cicero, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. It is stated that Cook County sheriff Richard Ogilvie urged its cancellation, and that Cicero police plan to ask the National Guard to be called in.

The grand jury indictment of Richard Speck for the murder of nine student nurses.

Disruption by protesters at House Un-American Activities Committee hearings into anti-Vietnam War protests

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