7 O'Clock News/Silent Night

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"7 O'Clock News/Silent Night"
Song by Simon & Garfunkel
from the album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
Recorded August 22, 1966
Length 2:01
Label Columbia
Producer(s) Bob Johnston

"7 O'Clock News/Silent Night" is a song by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel from their third studio album, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (1966). The track is sound collage juxtaposing a rendition of the Christmas carol "Silent Night" with a simulated "7 O'Clock News" bulletin of the actual events of August 3, 1966.


The track is a sound collage and simply constructed: it consists of the duo singing "Silent Night" two-part harmony over an arpeggiated piano section.[1] The voice of the newscaster is that of Charlie O'Donnell, then a radio disc jockey. As the track progresses, the news report assumes a greater presence. "The result rather bluntly makes an ironic commentary on various social ills by juxtaposing them with tenderly expressed Christmas sentiments."[1] The mix on the track is also purposefully clashing, with the piano accompaniment mixed solely to the left channel and the news solely to the right channel while vocals remain in the middle. Why is this representation of the song not questioned?

The following events are reported in the order given:[2]


  1. ^ a b Bennighof 2007, p. 32.
  2. ^ Collected Works (liner notes). Simon & Garfunkel. US: Columbia. 1990. C3K 45322.