Paul Frederic Simon
1.60 m or 5feet 2inches
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Paul Simon an American Singer and songwriter. Born in Newark, New Jersey.He was born on October 13, 1941. He isolated himself with a guitar, intent on making a career in pop music. Together with Art Garfunkel, a school friend, he formed the doo-wop band, Tom and Jerry. Though only 15, they were soon offered a recording contract by a producer from Big Records. During the winter of 1958, their song “Hey Schoolgirl” made an appearance on the charts, and Simon and Garfunkel performed their hit on the tv variety show American Bandstand.
Following this brief success, Tom and Jerry disbanded, and Simon began to study at Queen’s College, eventually earning a B.A. in English. He then studied at Brooklyn Law School, but his interest was drawn back to music. In 1964, he teamed up again with Art Garfunkel (this time with a recording contract through Columbia) and released Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.. The album went unnoticed until a reworked version of the song “The Sound of Silence” was released as a single the next year and hit No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100 chart.
Simon had a knack for creating imagistic lyrics delivered in his trademark conversational style. Blended with Garfunkel’s angelic singing voice, the duo easily bonded with the burgeoning socially conscious rock-folk music scene of the ‘60s that included Bob Dylan; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Cat Stevens; and Joni Mitchell. One successful hit followed another: “The Boxer,” “I Am a Rock,” “Homeward Bound,” “Old Friends/Bookends,” “Mrs. Robinson,” “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’Groovy),” “Scarborough Fair/Canticle,” “Cecilia,” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” They won a total of five Grammys in 1969 for their album soundtrack to Mike Nichols’ The Graduate and in 1970 for “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. In spite of their overwhelming musical success, Simon and Garfunkel clashed on a personal level and they separated in 1971. Simon went on to pursue a solo music career, and Garfunkel tried his hand at acting.
Musically, Simon has always shown a willingness to branch into new styles, even borrowing from musical traditions of other cultures. The result has been an eclectic combination of doo-wop, modern jazz, and world rhythms. His solo efforts were as well received as his collaborations with Garfunkel. Throughout the ‘70s, Simon recorded another gold mine of hits, including “Mother and Child Reunion,” “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard,” “Slip Slidin’ Away,” “Loves Me Like a Rock,” and “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.” His 1975 album, Still Crazy After All These Years, evoked a more somber and introspective mood than any previous solo or duo efforts with Garfunkel (even though Garfunkel contributed to one of the album’s songs, “My Little Town”), and Simon earned another Grammy for Best Album.
Simon reunited with Garfunkel again in 1978 on Sam Cooke’s “Wonderful World,” also featuring James Taylor. The song appeared on Garfunkel’s album Watermark. The two did not record as a duo again, but in 1982, they performed together in New York’s Central Park for an audience of half a million people.
Commercially disastrous, Simon’s 1983 album Hearts and Bones was a collaboration with minimalist composer Phillip Glass and producer Nile Rodgers. Critics were torn in their reception of the album. Some considered it a flop, indicative of a waning career, while others praised the emotionally searching quality that so typically defined Simon’s writing style. One critic called Hearts and Bones one of Simon’s most ambitious and underrated efforts.
His follow-up album, Graceland was anything but underrated. Winning two Grammy Awards—in 1986 for Best Album and in 1987 for Best Single—it sold over 10 million copies. Featuring the hit song “You Can Call Me Al,” Graceland was an exciting blend of zydeco, South African mbaqanga—featuring South African artists performing music that until then had never been heard popularly in the United States—and Simon’s more familiar pop-rock sensibility.
In 1990, he released The Rythmn of the Saints, a continuation of his rhythm-focused experimentation that began with Graceland. The album, recorded in Brazil and using Brazilian percussionists, took two years to make and sold over two million copies.
1996 saw the production of a seven year collaboration with Nobel Prize-winning poet Derek Walcott, with whom Simon wrote the lyrics and book to the Broadway musical The Capeman. Described as an intense labor of love, Simon financed the entire project—including the release of the play’s soundtrack. However, the play was a critical and commercial failure, and The Capeman closed within months after its New York premiere.
Throughout his career Simon has also appeared in several films. In 1977, he appeared in an acclaimed cameo role as Diane Keaton’s boyfriend, Tony Lacey, in Woody Allen’s comedy Annie Hall. He also wrote and starred in 1980’s critically panned One-Trick Pony, an autobiographical film about his life in the music business, featuring Blair Brown, Rip Torn, Mare Winningham, and an appearance by Lou Reed.
In 1969, Simon married Peggy Harper, with whom he had a son, Harper. They divorced in 1975. In 1983, he married and divorced actress Carrie Fisher. He has been married to singer Edie Brickell (who had her own success in the ‘80s with the band Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians) since 1992, and together they have a son, Adrian.
Paul Frederic Simon
1972 Paul Simon
1973 There Goes Rhymin’ Simon
1975 Still Crazy After All These Years
1980 One-Trick Pony
1983 Hearts and Bones
1990 The Rhythm of the Saints
1997 Songs from The Capeman
2000 You’re the One
2011 So Beautiful or So What