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.
Paul Simon joined mourners for the funeral of slain Sandy Hook Elementary first grade teacher Victoria Soto on Wednesday (Dec. 19). According to the New York Daily News, the singer picked up his guitar with no introduction and performed 'The Sound of Silence' midway through the memorial service for the 27-year-old, to her gathered family and friends. It was Soto's favorite song. Afterward, he returned to his seat without applause, "just a hushed and reverent silence."
Chevy Chase made perhaps the most popular celebrity music video cameo of the '80s when he appeared in Paul Simon's 'You Can Call Me Al' video. The comedian lip-synched the entire Simon track while the musician sat quietly by, just waiting for a moment to interject only to have that moment be a conga drum solo. Simon and Chase would also enjoy a little horn play and dancing before the clip came to its completion.