Paul Simon (b. October 13, 1941) is a highly acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor with a stellar career that spans over six decades. He began in the late 1950s with Art Garfunkel as one half of Tom & Jerry (later Simon & Garfunkel) and was also a member of Tico & The Triumphs, a group he co-founded in the early 1960s. By the mid 1960s, he had become famous as a member of the famed Simon & Garfunkel duo before going solo in 1971. His best known hits include the cheerful and energetic "Kodachrome," the gospel-infused "Loves Me Like A Rock," and the cheeky "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover." A prolific and eclectic songwriter, Simon's many works encompass a wide variety of genres ranging from pop/rock, folk, and soft rock to various world music styles.
Simon had his first hit as a solo artist in 1963 on the Pop/Rock charts with "The Lone Teen Ranger" under the pseudonym, Jerry Landis. After a long run on the charts as part of Simon & Garfunkel, he made his solo debut in 1972 with "Mother And Child Reunion," which became a Top 5 hit. This smash was followed by a long string of hits on both the Adult Contemporary and Pop/Rock charts that included "Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard" (1972), "Kodachrome" (1973), "Loves Me Like A Rock" (1973, with The Dixie Hummingbirds), "Gone At Last" (1975), "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover" (1975), "Still Crazy After All These Years" (1976), "Slip Slidin' Away" (1977), "(What A) Wonderful World" (1978, with Art Garfunkel and James Taylor), "Late In The Evening" (1980), and "You Can Call Me Al" (1986). In 1986, Simon released the award-winning "Graceland," an album inspired by South African township music, which has sold over 15 million copies to date worldwide and remains his most popular work. In 2016, he released his 13th studio album, "Stranger To Stranger," which made its debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 and UK charts.
Paul Simon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, making him one of very few performing artists to be inducted twice either individually or as part of a group (Simon & Garfunkel were inducted in 1990). Over the years, he earned a total of sixteen Grammys for his solo and collaborative work as part of Simon & Garfunkel. He is a member of The Songwriters Hall of Fame and a recipient of the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award. In 2006, he was named as one of the "100 People Who Shaped the World" by Time magazine. His numerous other honors and accolades also include being awarded the Library of Congress's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2007.
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- For more info on Paul Simon, visit paulsimon.com.
- Simon describes the process of how he goes about writing songs and discusses his stylistic changes since going solo in an interview with American Songwriter (October 7, 2011).
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Paul Simon With The Dixie Hummingbirds
- Loves Me Like A Rock 1973
Paul Simon, Phoebe Snow, And The Jessy Dixon Singers
- Gone At Last 1975
- American Tune 1973
- Kodachrome 1973
- Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard 1972
- Mother And Child Reunion 1972
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