Eventually the pair were signed to the independent company Big Records, using the name “Tom & Jerry,” a reference to the popular cartoon. Their first single was called “Hey Schoolgirl,” and it was a moderate success. It reached number 49 on the Billboard chart and sold 100,000 copies. Even so, Simon and Garfunkel only earned $2,000 each.
Simon and Garfunkel were still only teenagers when they got their first taste of success, and unfortunately cracks began to show right away. While both Simon and Garfunkel were still signed to Big Records, Simon broke out on his own and released a solo single under a different name. Garfunkel was not pleased at all.
Garfunkel was very angry that Simon had released a song without him, and apparently the relationship between the two men was never quite the same. “During this time we were singing together, I made a solo record. And it made Artie very unhappy,” Simon said to Playboy in 1984. “He looked upon it as something of a betrayal. That sense of betrayal has remained with him.”