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Paul Simon

Born 13 October 1941.

of Simon & Garfunkel

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Biography

Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American musician and singer-songwriter. Simon's fame, influence, and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with musical partner Art Garfunkel. Simon wrote nearly all 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". The duo split up in 1970 at the height of their popularity, and Simon began a successful solo career as a guitarist and singer-songwriter, 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 and in 2006 was selected as one of the "100 People Who Shaped the World" by Time magazine. In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine named Simon as one of the100 Greatest Guitarists. Among many other honors, Simon was the first recipient of the Library of Congress's 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.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Graceland: 25th Anniversary Edition

    Graceland: 25th Anniversary Edition 2012

    Reviewed by Patrick Humphries
    A chance to marvel once again at the magic of this timeless album.
  2. Review of Songwriter

    Songwriter 2011

    Reviewed by Sean Egan
    Simon selects highlights from his solo career, with You Can Call Me Al oddly omitted.
  3. Review of So Beautiful or So What

    So Beautiful or So What 2011

    Reviewed by Paul Whitelaw
    A profound statement from a master of his craft.
  4. Review of Surprise

    Surprise 2006

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    ...it takes a little time to get used to the sound of the man who wrote 'The Boxer'...
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