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Photo by Mark SeligerFolk singer Paul Frederic Simon was born October 13, 1941 in Newark, New Jersey. His music career started in Forest Hills High School when he and his friend Art Garfunkel began singing together as a duo, occasionally performing at school dances. In 1964, Simon and Garfunkel got signed by Columbia Records. Their first LP, Wednesday Morning, 3 AM. was released in 1964.
The first album didn't do very well so Simon moved to England, where he released The Paul Simon Song Book in 1965. He returned to the United States to reunite with Garfunkel. They recorded several albums that had considerable commercial success, including Sounds of Silence (1965), Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (1966); Bookends (1968), The Graduate soundtrack (1968) and Bridge Over Troubled Water (1969).
Paul Simon's relationship with world music was clearly visible in Bridge Over Troubled Water, which featured an Andean song called el Condor Pasa.
Simon and Garfunkel disbanded in 1971. Simon released a solo album titled Paul Simon in 1972. subsequent albums included There Goes Rhymin' Simon (1973), which contained the hit songs as "Something So Right", "Kodachrome", "American Tune" and "Loves Me Like A Rock."
In 1975 Paul Simon released
Still Crazy After All These Years, which featured the hit single
"50 Ways to Leave Your Lover." The next album were
Greatest Hits, Etc. (1977) and
One Trick Pony (1980) album while often appearing on Saturday Night Live. The One Trick Pony
album, Simon's first album with Warner Bros. Records was also paired with a
major motion picture of the same name, with Simon in the starring role. The hits
dried up by the time he released
Hearts And Bones (1983).
On May 9, 2006, Warner Bros. Records released Surprise, Paul Simon's first release since 2000, which was produced by Simon, and in collaboration with Brian Eno. Says Paul Simon: "Working with Brian Eno opens the door to a world of sonic possibilities; plus he's just a great guy to hang with in the studio, or for that matter in life. I had a really good time." Surprise includes contributions from musicians including Steve Gadd, Herbie Hancock, and Bill Frisell.
During his distinguished career Paul Simon has been the recipient of many honors
and awards including twelve Grammy Awards, three of which (Bridge Over Troubled
Water, Still Crazy After All These Years, and Graceland) were albums of the
year. In 2003 he was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as
half of the duo Simon and Garfunkel. He is an inductee of The Songwriters Hall
of Fame and is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame both as a member of Simon and
Garfunkel and as a solo artist. His song ?Mrs.Robinson? from the motion picture
The Graduate was named in the top ten of The American Film Institute's 100 Years
100 Songs. He was a recipient of The Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and was named
as one of Time Magazine's ?100 People Who Shape Our World? in 2006. Recently,
Mr. Simon was a recipient of the first Gershwin Prize for ?Popular Song? awarded
by the Library of Congress.
Official Web Site: www.paulsimon.com
Wednesday Morning, 3 AM (1964)
Sounds of Silence (1965)
The Graduate soundtrack (1968)
Bridge Over Troubled Water (1969)
Paul Simon (1972)
There Goes Rhymin' Simon (1973)
Greatest Hits, Etc. (1977)
One Trick Pony (1980)
The Concert in Central Park (1982)
Hearts And Bones (1983)
The Rhythm of the Saints (1990)
The Paul Simon Anthology (1993)
Paul Simon 1964 - 1993 (1993)
Songs from The Capeman (1997)
You're the One (2000)
Old Friends Live on Stage (2004)
Surprise (Warner Brothers, 2006)
The Essential Paul Simon (2007)
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