Paul Simon

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Paul Simon

American singer, song-writer and guitaristadd

Category: Music

Born in 1941.

Countries: United States (56%), United Kingdom (13%), (7%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Art Garfunkel, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Bob Dylan

Linked to: Columbia Records, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Berklee College of Music, Brooklyn Law School

 

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In 1941, his family moved to Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, in New York City. add something


1950

Mel Brooks - In 1950, Caesar created the revolutionary variety comedy series Your Show of Shows and hired Brooks as a writer along with Carl Reiner, Neil Simon, Danny Simon, and head writer Mel Tolkin.

 

Don Kirshner - Kirshner achieved his first major success in the late 1950s and early 1960s as co-owner of the influential New York-based publishing company Aldon Music with partner Al Nevins, which had under contract at various times several of the most important songwriters of the so-called "Brill Building" school, including Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Neil Sedaka, Neil Diamond, Paul Simon, Phil_Spector, Howard Greenfield, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and Jack Keller


1957

Between 1957 and 1964, Simon wrote, recorded, and released more than 30 songs, occasionally reuniting with Garfunkel as Tom & Jerry for some singles, including "Our Song" and "That's My Story". add something

 

In 1957, still in their mid-teens, they recorded the song "Hey, Schoolgirl" under the name Tom and Jerry, given to them by their label Big Records. add something


1960

Russ Titelman - Beginning his career in the 1960s, he has worked with musicians such as The Monkees, Dion Dimucci, George Harrison, Bee Gees, Little Feat, Christine McVie, Meat Loaf, Paul Simon, Brian_Wilson, The Allman Brothers Band, James Taylor, Rickie Lee Jones, Chaka Khan, Ry Cooder, Randy Newman, Gordon Lightfoot, Eric Clapton and Gerry Goffin

 

Contemporary folk music - Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Tom Paxton visited Britain for some time in the early 1960s, the first two especially making later use of the traditional English material they heard

 

Hugh McCracken - Especially in demand in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, McCracken appeared on many recordings by Steely Dan, as well as albums by Donald Fagen, Jimmy Rushing, Billy Joel, Roland Kirk, Roberta Flack, B. B. King, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, The Monkees, Paul Simon, Art_Garfunkel, Idris Muhammad, James Taylor, Phoebe Snow, Bob Dylan, Linda McCartney, Carly Simon, Graham Parker, Yoko Ono, Eric Carmen, Loudon Wainwright III, Lou Donaldson, Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, The Four Seasons, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Hank Crawford, Jerry Jemmott and Gary Wright


1961

Bobby Susser - After producing four singles in 1961, and 1962 with his childhood friend Paul Simon, for the group Tico and The Triumphs, which included Susser's first Billboard Hot 100 chart record "Motorcycle," on Amy Records, he concentrated on writing and producing rhythm and blues songs


1964

In early 1964, Simon and Garfunkel got an audition with Columbia Records, whose executive Clive Davis was impressed enough to sign the duo to a contract to produce an album. add something

 

When Simon moved to England in 1964 he met Kathleen Mary "Kathy" Chitty on 12 April 1964 at the very first English folk club he played, the Railway Inn Folk Club in Brentwood, Essex, Essex, where Chitty was working part-time selling tickets. add something


1965

In 1965, he recorded his solo LP The Paul Simon Songbook in England. add something

 

Bruce Woodley - During 1965, while in London, Woodley met Paul Simon, following the poor performance of Wednesday Morning 3 A.M. and just prior to the success of Simon and Garfunkel

 

Jackson C. Frank - His eponymous 1965 album, "Jackson C. Frank", was produced by Paul Simon while the two of them were playing folk clubs in England


1966

Simon contributed to The Seekers catalogue with "Someday One Day," which was released in March 1966, charting at around the same time as Simon and Garfunkel's Homeward Bound. add something


1968

Robinson/" Simon and Garfunkel returned to England in the fall of 1968 and did a church concert appearance at Kraft Hall, which was broadcast on the BBC, and which featured Paul's brother Ed sitting in on a performance of the instrumental "Anji". add something


1969

Simon has been married three times, first to Peggy Harper in late autumn 1969. add something


1970

After Simon and Garfunkel split in 1970, Simon began to write and record solo material. add something

 

In 1970, after recording his "Bridge Over Troubled Water," at the invitation of the NYU School of the Arts, Simon held auditions for a young songwriter's workshop. add something

 

Steve Gadd - In the 1970s and 1980s, he toured internationally, and recorded with Paul Simon and with Al Di Meola's Electric Rendezvous Band


1972

One year later, Simon's studio albums were re-released both individually and together in a limited-edition nine-CD boxed set, Paul Simon: The Studio Recordings 1972–2000. add something

 

His eponymous album Paul Simon was released in January 1972, preceded by his first experiment with world music, the Jamaican-inspired "Mother and Child Reunion", considered one of the first examples of reggae attempted by a white musician. add something


1973

Simon's next project was the pop-folk masterpiece, There Goes Rhymin' Simon, released in May 1973. add something


1974

As a souvenir for the tour that came next, in 1974 it was released as a live album, Live Rhymin', which was moderately successful and displayed some changes in Simon's music style, adopting world and religious music. add something

 

Pete Carr - In 1974, Paul Simon's "There Goes Rhymin' Simon" album was nominated for two Grammy *awards; and "Against the Wind" by Bob Seger earned two Grammy *awards in 1981

 

Pete Carr - The Rhythm Section co-produced Paul Simon's "There Goes Rhymin' Simon" which earned them a Grammy nomination in 1974


1975

Simon pursued solo projects after Bridge over Troubled Water, reuniting occasionally with Garfunkel for various projects, such as their 1975 Top Ten single "My Little Town". add something

 

Released in October 1975 and produced by Simon and Phil Ramone, it marked another departure. add something

 

Phil Woods - He played the alto sax solo on Steely Dan's "Doctor Wu," from their 1975 album "Katy Lied", as well as Paul Simon's "Have a Good Time" from the 1975 album "Still Crazy After All These Years"

 

Art Garfunkel - On his next album, 1975 "Breakaway", Garfunkel briefly reunited with Paul Simon for the 1975 hit "My Little Town"


1976

Rob Mounsey - In 1976, he moved to New York to become a noted studio musician, arranger and producer for a wide range of well-known artists, including Rihanna, Aaron Neville, Michael Franks, Carly Simon, Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, Steely Dan, Paul Simon, James_Taylor, Chaka Khan, Eric Clapton, Madonna, Diana Ross, Donald Fagen, Brian Wilson, Aztec Camera and countless others


1977

Carrie Fisher - Fisher dated musician Paul Simon from 1977 until 1983, was married to him from August 1983 to July 1984, and they dated again for a time after their divorce


1980

In 1980 he released One-Trick Pony, his debut album with Warner Bros. add something

 

Michael Pearlman - He appeared in "One Trick Pony", a feature film starring Paul Simon that was released in 1980

 

Steve Gadd - He was a featured performer and actor in the 1980 motion picture "One Trick Pony" starring Paul Simon

 

Jose Feliciano - In the 1980s and into the 1990s, José recorded duets with Natalie Cole , Gloria Estefan , jazz singer Diane Schuur on her 1985 album "Schuur Things", and with Paul Simon on a particular version of his album Songs from The Capeman


1981

In 1981, they got together again for the famous concert in Central Park, followed by a world tour and an aborted reunion album, to have been entitled Think Too Much, which was eventually released as Hearts and Bones. add something


1983

His second marriage, from 1983 to 1984, was to actress and author Carrie Fisher to whom he proposed after a New York Yankees game. add something

 

The song "Train in the Distance," from Simon's 1983 album, is about this relationship. add something


1984

Jackson C. Frank - In 1984, Frank took a trip to New York City in a desperate bid to locate Paul Simon, but he ended up sleeping on the sidewalk


1985

Sessions in Johannesburg took place in February 1985. add something

 

Ray Phiri - In 1985, Paul Simon asked Ray along with Ladysmith Black Mambazo to join his Graceland project, which was successful and helped the South African musicians to make names for themselves abroad

 

Ladysmith Black Mambazo - In 1985, Paul Simon traveled to South Africa in the hope of collaborating with African musicians for his "Graceland" album


1986

At age 45, Simon found himself back at the forefront of popular music. add something

 

In one SNL skit from 1986, Simon plays himself, waiting in line with a friend to get into a movie. add something

 

Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Ladysmith Black Mambazo's collaboration with Paul Simon in 1986 paved the way for international releases

 

Wellington boot - The 1986 Paul Simon album "Graceland" contains the song "Gumboots"

 

Ladysmith Black Mambazo - "Graceland" was released in late 1986, and although both Joseph Shabalala and Paul Simon were accused of breaking the cultural boycott of South Africa, the album became a huge success and sold 16 million copies and further boosted Ladysmith Black Mambazo's international image


1987

Ladysmith Black Mambazo - After Paul Simon included the group on his "Graceland Tour of 1987", the group began touring by themselves and became very widely known


1988

In an attempt to capitalize on his renewed success, WB Records released the album Negotiations and Love Songs in November 1988, a mixture of popular hits and personal favorites that covered Simon's entire career and became an enduring seller in his catalog. add something


1989

Sessions for the album began in December 1989, and took place in Rio de Janeiro and New York, featuring guitarist J. J. Cale and many Brazilian and African musicians. add something


1990

In 1990, he played the character of—appropriately enough—Simple Simon on the Disney channel TV movie, Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme. add something

 

Together, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. add something

 

Released on October 1990, the album received excellent critical reviews and achieved very respectable sales, peaking at 4 in the US and No. 1 in the UK. The lead single, "The Obvious Child", featuring the Grupo Cultural Olodum, was a Top 20 hit in the UK and appeared near the bottom of the Billboard Hot 100. add something

 

Art Garfunkel - In 1990, he and former musical partner Paul Simon were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

 

Chris Botti - In 1990, he began a decade long touring and recording relationship with Paul Simon which broadened his exposure to other singers


1992

He married folk singer Edie Brickell on May 30, 1992. add something


1993

A Simon & Garfunkel reunion took place in 1993, and in another attempt to capitalize on the occasion, Columbia released Paul Simon 1964/1993 in September, a three-disc compilation that received a reduced version on the two-disc album The Paul Simon Anthology one month later. add something

 

Mel Brooks - Neil Simon's 1993 play Laughter on the 23rd Floor is loosely based on the production of the show, and the character Ira Stone is based on Brooks.


1994

Sherman Robertson - Notodden Blues Festival - In addition, Robertson's guitar work appeared on Paul Simon's "Graceland" album, and he was on the bill at the 1994 Notodden Blues Festival


1995

In 1995 he only made news for appearing at The Oprah Winfrey Show, where he performed the song "Ten Years", which he composed specially for the tenth anniversary of the show. add something

 

Pete Townshend - Townshend performed at a 1995 benefit organised by Paul Simon at Madison Square Garden's Paramount Theatre, for The Children's Health Fund


1997

Simon recorded an album of songs from the show, which was released in November 1997. add something

 

Paul Simon (politician) - After his political career in 1997, he served as director of the future Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at &Southern_Illinois_University_Carbondale, Illinois in Carbondale, Illinois, which was renamed in his honor; there, he taught classes on politics, history and journalism


1998

In 1998 he received a Grammy Hall of Fame Award for the Simon & Garfunkel album Bridge over Troubled Water. add something

 

Since the early stages of the nineties, Simon was fully involved on The Capeman, a musical that finally opened on January 29, 1998. add something

 

Renoly Santiago - Santiago took three years off acting on screen and starred on Broadway in Paul Simon's "The Capeman" as "Tony Hernandez - Umbrella Man", leader of the gang "The Vampires", a role for which he was a 1998 Drama Desk Nominee for Outstanding Featured Performer in a Musical


1999

In 1999, Simon embarked on a North American tour with Bob Dylan where each alternated as headline act with a "middle" section where they performed together, starting on the first of June and ending September 18. add something

 

In the late 1990s, Simon wrote and produced a Broadway musical called The Capeman, which lost $11 million during its 1998 run. add something


2000

In an attempt to return successfully to the music market, Simon wrote and recorded a new album very quickly, with You're the One arriving in October 2000. add something


2001

He is a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; as a solo artist in 2001, and in 1990 as half of Simon & Garfunkel. add something

 

In personal terms, Simon was inspired by the fact of being over 60 years old, an age that he turned in 2001 and that he humorously referred already on his single "Old" from the You're the One. Simon showed special care about the musical venture he traveled since 1986's Graceland. add something

 

Simon won 12 Grammy Awards and five Grammy nominations, the most recent for his album You're the One in 2001. add something

 

The Royal Tenenbaums - The first, released in 2001, was well-received by most critics, though some songs were omitted; notably, Paul Simon's "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard", Van Morrison's "Everyone", John Lennon's "Look at Me", Nick Drake's "Fly", The Mutato Muzika Orchestra version of The Beatles' "Hey Jude" and two tracks by The Rolling Stones


2002

He received an Oscar nomination for the song "Father and Daughter" in 2002. add something

 

In 2002, he wrote and recorded "Father and Daughter", the theme song for the animated children's movie The Wild Thornberrys Movie, The track was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song. add something


2003

In 2003, Simon and Garfunkel reunited once again when they received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. add something

 

In 2003, Simon signed on as an official supporter of Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization that provides free musical instruments and free lessons to children in public schools throughout the US. He sits on the organization's board of directors as an honorary member. add something

 

In 2003, he participated on another Simon & Garfunkel reunion. add something

 

Simon said in 2003 that this renaming as "Simon & Garfunkel" was the first time that artists' ethnic names had been used in pop music. add something

 

Mo Ostin - He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 by Paul Simon, Neil_Young, and Lorne Michaels

 

Pino Palladino - In 2003, Palladino intended to go down to see his old friend Paul Simon and meet Brian Eno for the first time


2005

As of 2005, he has amassed nearly 75 million broadcast airplays, according to BMI surveys. add something

 

In 2005, Simon was saluted as a BMI Icon at the 53rd Annual BMI Pop Awards. add something

 

In 2005, the pair sang "Bridge Over Troubled Water" with Aaron Neville in a benefit for Hurricane Katrina victims. add something

 

Barbara Streisand - In 2005, Streisand's Barwood Films, Gary Smith, and Sonny Murray purchased the rights to Simon Mawer's book Mendel's Dwarf.

 

Paul Simon (politician) - In July 2005, the Paul Simon Historical Museum was opened in Troy, Illinois, where Simon lived for 25 years


2006

In 2006, Simon was selected by Time Magazine as one of the "100 People Who Shaped the World. add something

 

Simon and Lorne Michaels were the subjects of a 2006 episode of the Sundance channel documentary series, Iconoclasts. add something

 

At the time, Simon was already working on a new album with Brian Eno called Surprise, which was released in May 2006. add something

 

Pino Palladino - He played on Paul Simon's 2006 release, "Surprise"


2007

In 2007, Simon received the first annual Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2007. add something

 

The PBS concert was recorded in 2007. add something

 

The event was nationally broadcast on PBS on the evening of June 27, 2007. add something

 

Tracy Grammer - Her third album, "Book of Sparrows", was released in November, 2007 and is a seven-song EP featuring covers of songs by Tom Russell, Kate Power, David Francey, Dave Carter, and Paul Simon

 

Art Garfunkel - In late February 2007 during a German television interview to promote the new album, he expressed interest in reuniting with Paul Simon on a new Simon and Garfunkel album

 

George Gershwin - On March 1, 2007, the first Gershwin Prize was *awarded to Paul Simon


2007

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2008

On November 18, 2008, Simon was a guest on The Colbert Report promoting his book Lyrics 1964–2008. add something

 

Simon performing live in Germany, in 2008. add something

 

In April 2008, the Brooklyn Academy of Music celebrated Paul Simon's works, and dedicated a week to Songs From the Capeman with a good portion of the show's songs performed by a cast of singers and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. add something

 

Brad Mehldau - With his trio, he has recorded arrangements of the music of Nick Drake, The Beatles, Radiohead and Paul Simon among others, and recorded Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" on his 2008 album, "Live"


2009

Simon performed a Stevie Wonder song at the White House in 2009, at an event honoring Wonder's musical career and contributions. add something

 

In February 2009, Simon performed back-to-back shows in his native New York City at the Beacon Theatre, which had recently been renovated. add something

 

In May 2009, Simon toured with Art Garfunkel in Australia, New Zealand and Japan. add something

 

In May 2009, The Library of Congress: Paul Simon and Friends Live Concert was released on DVD, via Shout/ Factory. add something

 

In October 2009, Simon appeared alongside Art Garfunkel at the 25th Anniversary of The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City. add something

 

Tracey Emin - In 2009, Emin designed the album artwork for singer/songwriter Harper Simon, son of Paul Simon.

 

Salvador Agron - In 2009, Puerto Rican singer Obie Bermúdez, together with Danny Rivera, Ray de la Paz, Claudette Sierra and Frankie Negrón, participated in the recording of "Songs of the Capeman", based on Paul Simon's play, under the direction of Oscar Hernández and his Spanish Harlem Orquestra


2010

Gates' giving the sermon and his church in 2010 with its display board showing many of Simon's lyrics; the second video illustrates the song with cartoon images. add something

 

Simon performed the song live on The Colbert Report on December 16, 2010. add something

 

His recordings were issued by Warner Music until mid-2010. add something

 

In mid-2010, Simon moved his catalogue of solo work from Warner Bros. add something

 

Scratch My Back - Gabriel's version of "The Boy in the Bubble" coupled with Paul Simon's version of "Biko" was the second, released on 28 February 2010

 

Eurasia Insurance - In May 2010 Eurasia launched a new radio series "The 9th Archipelago" a "radio series" program on the key personalities in the history of rock with issues in detail of the life and works of such artists as John Lennon, Paul Simon, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, the music bands The Doors, Procol Harum, The Hollies and others


2011

Simon's latest album entitled So Beautiful or So What, was released on the Concord Music Group label on April 12, 2011. add something

 

In April 2011 Simon was confirmed to appear at the Glastonbury music festival in England. add something

 

Rounding off his 2011 World Tour, which included US England, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany, Simon appeared at Ramat Gan Stadium in Israel in July 2011, making his first concert appearance in Israel since 1983. add something

 

On September 11, 2011, Paul Simon performed "The Sound of Silence" at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, site of the World Trade Center, on the 10th Anniversary of the September 11 attacks add something

 

In October 2011, Simon was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Science add something

 

Gina Gershon - She played Jew's harp on the song "I Do It For Your Love", Paul Simon's collaboration with Herbie Hancock on his album "Possibilities", in a duo with bassist Christian McBride on the song "Chitlins and Gefiltefish", on McBride's 2011 album "Conversations with Christian", and on "Maria" from her album "In Search of Cleo"

 

Forsyth Barr Stadium - The stadium hosted four matches of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, and after hosting Elton John in November 2011 hosted more major music events in April 2013, when Aerosmith and Paul Simon performed in New Zealand for the first time


 

In 2012, Simon was awarded the Polar Music Prize, shared with Yo-Yo Ma add something

 

On February 26, 2012, Simon paid tribute to fellow musicians Chuck Berry and Leonard Cohen who were the recipients of the first annual PEN awards for songwriting excellence at the JFK Presidential Library in Boston, Massachusetts add something

 

On June 5, 2012 Simon released a 25th anniversary box set of 'Graceland', which included a remastered edition of the original album, the "Under African Skies" documentary film, the original 1987 "African Concert" from Zimbabwe, an audio narrative "The Story of 'Graceland'" as told by Paul Simon, and other interviews and paraphernalia add something

 

On December 19, 2012, Simon performed at the funeral of Victoria Leigh Soto, a teacher killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting add something

 

Ray Phiri - In 2012, Paul Simon organised a Graceland anniversary tour, to which Ray came along as well


2013

Simon's most recent "SNL" appearance was on the March 9, 2013 episode hosted by Justin Timberlake as a member of the Five-Timers Club add something

 

On June 14, 2013, Simon performed "The Boxer" and "Fields of Gold" with Sting at Sting's Back to Bass Tour add something

 

In September 2013, Simon will deliver the ://www add something


2014

In February 2014, Simon embarked on the On Stage Together Tour with English musician Sting, playing 21 concerts in North America add something

 

Sting (musician) - In February 2014, Sting began a tour with legendary artist Paul Simon, after playing together at a charity event and enjoying the result


2015

Simon closed the 40th anniversary SNL show on February 15, 2015, with a performance of "Still Crazy After All These Years," sans turkey outfit add something

 

The tour will continue in early 2015, with ten shows in Australia and New Zealand and 23 concerts in Europe, ending on 18 April 2015 add something

 

On September 11, 2015, Simon appeared during the premiere week of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" add something

 

Dion DiMucci - In 2015, he released a single, "New York Is My Home", with Paul Simon

 

Paul McCartney - On February 15, 2015, McCartney appeared and performed with Paul Simon for the Saturday Night Live 40th Reunion Show in New York City

 

Luther Vandross - In October 2015, Sony Music released a re-configured edition of its' "The Essential Luther Vandross" compilation containing three unreleased songs: "Love It, Love It" , a live recording of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" with Paul Simon and Jennifer Holliday, and a cover of Astrud Gilberto's "Look to the Rainbow

 

James H. Billington - Winners have included Paul Simon, &Stevie_Wonder, Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Carole King, Billy Joel, and just-named Willie Nelson for November 2015


2016

On February 22, 2016 a Simon spokesperson announced the upcoming release of his thirteenth solo studio album, "Stranger to Stranger add something

 

On June 29, 2016, He announced that he will retire from performing music add something

 

Bridge over Troubled Water - On July 25, 2016, he performed "Bridge over Troubled Water" at the 2016 Democratic National Convention add something

 

Chuck Close - A fragment of Close's portrait of singer-songwriter Paul Simon was used as the cover art for his 2016 album Stranger to Stranger

 

Shadows in the Night - At the age of 73, Bob Dylan was the oldest male solo artist to chart at number one in the UK, until the record was beaten by Paul Simon in 2016 for "Stranger to Stranger"

 

Allen Toussaint - His final recording, "American Tunes", titled after the Paul Simon song, which he sings on the album, will be released by Nonesuch Records on June 10, 2016


2017

On May 24, 2017, he debuted "Questions for the Angels" with jazz guitarist Bill Frisell on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" add something


2018

On February 5, 2018, Simon announced his retirement from performing in a letter to fans, citing time away from family and the death of longtime guitarist Vincent Nguini as key factors add something

 

In September 2018, Simon will release his fourteenth album, "In the Blue Light", consisting of re-recordings of select lesser-known songs from his catalog, often altering their original arrangements, harmonic structures, and lyrics add something

 

On September 7, 2018, Simon released his fourteenth album, "In the Blue Light", consisting of re-recordings of select lesser-known songs from his catalog, often altering their original arrangements, harmonic structures, and lyrics add something

 

Simon's most recent "SNL" appearance on a Saturday night was on the October 13, 2018 episode hosted by Seth Myers add something


2019

Simon announced his return to the live stage to close San Francisco's "Outside Lands" festival on Sunday, August 11, 2019 with an appearance at the Golden Gate Park event and plan to donate his net proceeds to local environmental non-profit organization add something