Paul Simon’s career started in the late ‘50s as half of a duo called Tom & Jerry. After a brief stint in England as a folksinger, the New Jersey-bred Simon hooked up with his old singing partner Art Garfunkel to form one of music’s most enduring duos. After five increasingly popular albums throughout the ‘60s, Simon & Garfunkel called it quits after 1970’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ LP, opening the door to Simon’s solo career, which he launched with 1972’s self-titled album. ‘Still Crazy After All These Years,’ from 1975, won a ton of Grammys and made Simon one of the biggest artists on the planet. A decade later, he repeated the success with his greatest and most innovative album, the globe-trekking ‘Graceland,’ which explored African rhythms within Western contexts. His most recent LP, from 2011, was his biggest hit, and best album, in 20 years.
Birthday: Oct. 13, 1941
Selected Discography: ‘Paul Simon’ (1972), ‘Still Crazy After All These Years’ (1975), ‘Graceland’ (1986)
For a good long while, everything Paul Simon touched turned to gold or platinum, first during his years as one-half of Simon & Garfunkel, and continuing through a string of successful solo albums. But by the early '80s, he'd hit a bit of a rough spot.
Paul Simon will release a box set, 'The Complete Albums Collection,' which gathers all of his solo albums in a hefty 15-disc package. The set will be released on Oct. 15, two days after the singer-songwriter celebrates his 72nd birthday.
On Aug. 15, 1991, with nearly 30 years of classic songwriting behind him and a pair of recent hit records under his belt, Paul Simon returned to the scene of one of his most distinctive successes with Simon & Garfunkel.
Elton John and Paul Simon were among the stars who helped raise more than $80 million at a benefit held Monday night (May 13) in New York City. Bono and Sting also were on hand at the 25th anniversary Robin Hood Foundation gala at Jacob Javits Center.
On May 6, 1973 in Boston, Paul Simon kicked off his first tour as a solo artist. He and longtime partner in musical splendor Art Garfunkel parted ways in 1970 following a highly successful run as pop's premier duo. The Simon & Garfunkel musical relationship dated back to 1957 as Tom & Jerry, but it wasn't until the 1965 single of 'The Sounds Of Silence' that the gates swung open. Their final album, 'Bridge Over Troubled Water,' was released in early 1970, and despite its huge success, time had frayed the duo and they split.
After spending several years dabbling in global rhythms and songforms -- and kicking off his solo career in the wake of Simon & Garfunkel's dissolution -- Paul Simon returned to his American roots for his second solo album, 1973's 'There Goes Rhymin' Simon,' resulting in one of the biggest hits of his career.
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