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A jubilant Art Garfunkel says, 'My voice is back'

In an interview with Rolling Stone published Feb. 19, Art Garfunkel says he's “96 percent” recovered from the vocal problems that have plagued him the last couple of years.

Art Garfunkel (L) and Paul Simon perform onstage during the 38th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Mike Nichols held at Sony Pictures Studios on June 10, 2010 in Culver City, CA.
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Art Garfunkel
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“Oh, I'm in a state of ecstasy. The voice has come back, slowly, slowly. I did 49 shows through 2013 and the audiences have grown in size. The sound in my own ears of vocal strain keeps increasing. For the last two dozen shows I can say I'm pretty much there. I can sing again,” he told writer Andy Greene.

Garfunkel said the problems started with some vocal chord problems that became worse after almost choking on lobster in a restaurant.

“When I went to a doctor, they put a snake down my throat with a camera to check things out. They said, "Yeah, one of your two vocal chords is stiffer and fatter than the other one." So I had to assume that therein lies the issue because it was in approximately the same time period [as the two incidents].”

He says he wants to record again and would also be receptive to a new tour Simon & Garfunkel tour with his longtime friend and collaborator Paul Simon. But most of all, he's happy.

“I'm a rock & roll kid. I'm particularly young now that I have the thrill of a returned voice. I'm so grateful. I have a beautiful wife and two kids I'm rising. I'm full of riches and I feel them. I feel pretty light, ageless.”