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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.

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Paul Simon Makes Surprise Appearance at the Democratic National Convention

Simon and Garfunkel had earlier given Bernie Sanders permission to use the song "America" in his challenge to eventual nominee Hillary Clinton.

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Ian Gavan, Getty Images

Paul Simon Ponders Retirement: ‘Showbiz Doesn’t Hold Any Interest for Me’

Paul Simon is riding the coattails of a well-received new album, but that doesn't mean certain realities haven't become clear.

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Michael Loccisano, Getty Images

Watch Paul Simon Honor Muhammad Ali With ‘The Boxer’

The June 3 death of Muhammad Ali prompted an outpouring of tributes from across the cultural spectrum.

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Myrna Suarez
Myrna Suarez

Paul Simon, ‘Stranger to Stranger': Album Review

Paul Simon records, dating back to the final ones he made with Simon & Garfunkel, have always been as much about the songs as the way those songs sound.

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Michael Loccisano, Getty Images

Paul Simon May Take a Break From Songwriting

After 60 years of writing songs, Paul Simon is considering a change of pace.

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Paul Simon / Simon and Garfunkel Albums Ranked Worst to Best

Paul Simon / Simon and Garfunkel Albums Ranked Worst to Best

Paul Simon was always an uneasy folksinger, a role his record company tried to push him into starting with Simon & Garfunkel's debut album.

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Warner Bros.

The Story of Paul Simon’s Aptly Named Brian Eno Collaboration, ‘Surprise’

Anyone could be forgiven for thinking an out-of-nowhere collaboration between folk-rocking world-music guy Paul Simon and arty outsider Brian Eno would never work.

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Warner Bros.

10 Years Ago: Paul Simon Hooks Up With Brian Eno for ‘Surprise’

Even a songwriting legend can find it difficult to get the creative machinery going again when it's time to start working on a new album.

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Rick Diamond, Getty Images

Paul Simon Kicks Off Summer Tour at JazzFest: Setlist + Video

Paul Simon's tour began on April 29 with a headlining slot at the New Orleans Jazz + Heritage Festival.

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Michael Loccisano, Getty Images

Listen to Paul Simon’s New ‘Stranger to Stranger’ Track ‘Cool Papa Bell’

Paul Simon is streaming "Cool Papa Bell," the second song made available from his new album Stranger to Stranger, due June 3.

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