happy birthday Paul Simon

Paul-Simon-SBOSWAward-winning American singer & Musician Paul Simon was born on October 13TH 1941. His fame, influence and commercial success began in 1964 as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel,. Simon wrote most of the pair’s songs, including three that reached No. 1 on the U.S. singles charts: “The Sound of Silence”, “Mrs. Robinson”, and “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. In 1964 Simon and Garfunkel’s first LP, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M was released. Simon then moved to England to pursue a solo career by touring folk clubs and coffee houses. He recorded his solo LP The Paul Simon Songbook & also co-wrote several songs including “I Wish You Could Be Here,” “Cloudy”,  ”Red Rubber Ball” & “The Sound of Silence” as well as the albums: Sounds of Silence; Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme; Bookends; and the hugely successful Bridge over Troubled Water and also contributed extensively to the soundtrack of the Mike Nichols film The Graduate , starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft. Simon continued his solo projects after Bridge over Troubled Water, reuniting occasionally with Garfunkel for various projects, such as their 1975 Top Ten single “My Little Town”. which was included on their respective solo albums: Paul Simon’s Still Crazy After All These Years; and Garfunkel’s Breakaway.After Simon and Garfunkel split in 1970, Simon  recorded three highly acclaimed albums. His eponymous album Paul Simon was released in January 1972 & spawned the  hit with “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard”. Simon’s then released a pop-folk album, There Goes Rhymin’ Simon which contained  ”Kodachrome”, and “Loves Me Like a Rock” . Simon’s third album Still Crazy After All These Years, was Released in  1975 & contained the songs “Gone at Last” and “My Little Town” and was named the Album of the Year  at The 18th Grammy Awards and Simon’s performance won the year’s Best Male Pop Vocal, a third single from the album, “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” was also released. After three successful albums, Simon dabbled in various projects, including writing music for the film Shampoo and acting.  He achieved another hit, with the song “Slip Slidin’ Away”. In 1980 he released the album One-Trick Pony, which contained the song  ”Late in the Evening”. Later Simon also recorded Hearts and Bones  which was eventually viewed as one of his best works

In 1986 He released the album Graceland, which had an eclectic mixture of musical styles including pop, a cappella, isicathamiya, rock, and mbaqanga and featured many South African musicians and groups, particularly Ladysmith Black Mambazo & also collaborated with  Linda Ronstadt in “Under African Skies”, and Los Lobos in “All Around the World or The Myth of the Fingerprints”. The Album was praised by critics and public alike and became Simon’s most successful solo album. He received the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1987 and also Grammy Award for Record of the Year for the title track one year later.  the album Negotiations and Love Songs was released in 1988, and included a mixture of popular hits and personal favorites that covered Simon’s entire career. After Graceland, Simon decided to extend his roots with the Brazilian music-flavored The Rhythm of the Saints,  featuring guitarist J. J. Cale and many Brazilian and African musicians including  the Grupo Cultural Olodum. This received excellent reviews a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year.In 1991 Simon staged another New York concert,  in Central Park with both African and South American bands andIn 1992 he appeared on his own MTV Unplugged. T he album  Paul Simon 1964/1993 was also released.  Simon was also involved on The Capeman, a musical that finally opened on January 29, 1998 and  tells the story of  Salvador Agron, who wore a cape while committing two murders in 1959 New York, and who went on to become a writer in prison. Simon then embarked on a North American tour with Bob Dylan which was generally well-received and also wrote and recorded a new album You’re the One, which consisted mostly of folk-pop writing combined with foreign musical sounds, particularly North Africa. On September 21, 2001, Simon sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water” on “America: A Tribute to Heroes”,  In 2002, he wrote and recorded “Father and Daughter”, the theme song for the animated children’s movie The Wild Thornberrys Movie, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song. In 2003, he participated on another Simon & Garfunkel reunion. 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.Simon also released a new album called Surprise, which was inspired by the September 11 terrorist attacks, and was supported with the successful Surprise Tour. In 2009, Simon performed back-to-back shows at the Beacon Theatre in New York. and also toured with Art Garfunkel in Australia, New Zealand and Japan.Then 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.Together, Simon and Garfunkel were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.They also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. In 2005, the pair sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water” at a benefit concert for Hurricane Katrina victims.The pair reunited six years later at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. So far Simon has earned 12 Grammys for his solo and collaborative work, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2001, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2006 was selected as one of the “100 People Who Shaped the World” by Time magazine. Among many other honors, Simon was the first recipient of the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2007

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