“Music is forever; music should grow and mature with you, following you right on up until you die. ”
― Paul Simon
“It’s actually very difficult to make something both simple and good.”
― Paul Simon
Marc Anthony inducts Paul Simon Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions 2001:
|Birth name||Paul Frederic Simon|
|Born||October 13, 1941 (age 71)
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
|Genres||Folk rock, folk pop, soft rock,worldbeat|
|Occupations||Musician, Songwriter, producer,bandleader|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass, piano,percussion, lute, alto saxophone, piccolo|
|Labels||Columbia, Warner Bros., Hear Music|
|Associated acts||Simon & Garfunkel, Art Garfunkel, Ladysmith Black Mombazo|
Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an award-winning musician whose talents in composing, performing, and vocal harmony placed him at the forefront of the singer-songwriters on an international scale. Simon’s fame, influence and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, launched in 1964 with musical partner Art 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”.
Simon & Garfunkel – The Boxer – Live in Central Park, 1981:
The duo split up in 1970 at the height of their popularity, and Simon began a successful solo career, recording three highly acclaimed albums over the next five years. In 1986, he released Graceland, an album inspired by South African township music. Simon also wrote and starred in the film One-Trick Pony (1980) and co-wrote the Broadway musical The Capeman (1998) with the poet Derek Walcott.
- 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
- 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.
- In 1986 Simon was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees.
From allmusic.com – Mark Deming:
Paul Simon is one of the most successful and respected songwriters of the second half of the 20th century. Rising to fame in the mid-’60s, Simon’s songs were mature and literate, but also melodically engaging, and spoke to the concerns and uncertainties of a generation. As the 1960s gave way to the ’70s and ’80s, Simon’s work tended to focus on the personal rather than the larger world, but he also expanded his musical palette, and helped introduce many rock and pop fans to world music.
..read more over @ allmusic.com
From The Washington Times (John Hayden):
The List: Top 10 Paul Simon songs
- Mother And Child Reunion (1972)
- Hearts and Bones (1983)
- Peace Like A River (1972)
- Father and Daughter (2006)
- Late In the Evening (1980)
- The Boy in the Bubble (1986)
- Kodachrome (1973)
- Senorita With a Necklace of Tears (2000)
- That’s Where I Belong (2000)
- American Tune (1973)
Paul Simon 1991 Tokyo 11/14 America:
“Mother And Child Reunion” (Live) – Paul Simon – Berkeley, Greek Theatre – October 20, 2011:
Album of the day – Paul Simon (1972):
From allmusic.com – William Ruhlmann:
If any musical justification were needed for the breakup of Simon & Garfunkel, it could be found on this striking collection, Paul Simon’s post-split debut. From the opening cut, “Mother and Child Reunion” (a Top Ten hit), Simon, who had snuck several subtle musical explorations into the generally conservative S&G sound, broke free, heralding the rise of reggae with an exuberant track recorded in Jamaica for a song about death. From there, it was off to Paris for a track in South American style and a rambling story of a fisherman’s son, “Duncan” (which made the singles chart). But most of the album had a low-key feel, with Simon on acoustic guitar backed by only a few trusted associates (among them Joe Osborn, Larry Knechtel, David Spinozza, Mike Manieri, Ron Carter, and Hal Blaine, along with such guests as Stefan Grossman, Airto Moreira, and Stephane Grappelli), singing a group of informal, intimate, funny, and closely observed songs (among them the lively Top 40 hit “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard”). … read more over @ allmusic.com
Other October 13:
Arthur “Art” Tatum, Jr. (October 13, 1909 – November 5, 1956) was an American jazz pianist and virtuoso who played with phenomenal facility despite being nearly blind since birth.Tatum is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time and he was a major influence on later generations of jazz pianists. He was noted for the complexity and speed of his performances, which set a new standard for jazz piano virtuosity. Critic Scott Yanow wrote, “Tatum’s quick reflexes and boundless imagination kept his improvisations filled with fresh (and sometimes futuristic) ideas that put him way ahead of his contemporaries … Art Tatum’s recordings still have the ability to scare modern pianists.”
Simon John Breckenridge Nicol (born 13 October 1950) is an English guitarist, singer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He was a founding member of British folk rock group Fairport Convention and is the only founding member still in the band. He has also been involved with the Albion Band and a wide range of musical projects, both as a collaborator, producer and as a solo artist. He has received several awards for his work and career.
– Egil & Hallgeir
2 thoughts on “Today: Paul Simon is 72 Happy Birthday”
The Capeman on Broadway was commercially a poor show although the song lyrics contained so much of true grit, Paul Simon at his grittiest moments of singing. Maybe it was all a bit ahead of the time, maybe some promoter should stage comeback shows in Europe and LatinAmerica.
I haven’t seen it, but would’ve loved to
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