In the 1970s, Garfunkel released a few solo albums, and although he did not reach the heights that Simon and Garfunkel had reached, he still scored hits with I Only Have Eyes For You and Bright Eyes (both British #1 hit singles), and All I Know (top 10 in the United States). In between, he also acted in a few movies, including Carnal Knowledge (1971) with Jack Nicholson and Ann-Margret. A version of Bright Eyes also appeared in the movie Watership Down.
Following disappointing sales of his 1981 album Scissors Cut, Garfunkel reunited with Paul Simon for the famous concert in Central Park. They next worked on a new studio album together, but Garfunkel left the project, not agreeing with Simon's lyrics. After this, Garfunkel left the music scene for several years, but returned in 1988 with the album Lefty. None of these projects garnered much critical success, and Garfunkel did not release another album until 1993's Up 'til Now. Perhaps his most noteworthy recent release is his live 1996 concert Across America, recorded live at the registry hall on Ellis Island. The concert features several musical guests, including James Taylor, Garfunkel's own wife, Kim, and his son James.
Garfunkel made news in early 2004 when he was arrested for possession of marijuana.