Paul Simon

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October 20, 2021

Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American singer-songwriter and musician of Jewish descent. He graduated from Queens College and studied briefly at Brooklyn (New York) Law School.

Biography

Simon & Garfunkel

Simon was the composer of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, who made a number of highly successful albums such as Bridge Over Troubled Waters (1970). Prior to joining Garfunkel, Simon had composed and recorded more than 30 songs between 1957 and 1964, the year the duo recorded their first album with Columbia Records. Simon and Garfunkel made much of the soundtrack to the 1967 film The Graduate, starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft. Paul Simon composed the song Mrs. Robinson especially for the film, with which he won two Grammy Awards. There are also other songs by the duo. In 1970 Simon & Garfunkel recorded for CBS the album Bridge over Troubled Water. The main theme, The Condor Passes, had the music of the Peruvian Daniel Alomías Robles, and the accompaniment to the quena of the Bolivian Ungla Ramos. In 1972, for the song Duncan used the Andean sounds of the quena again. Although they had been separated for a decade (the duo disbanded in 1971), Simon reunited with Garfunkel in 1981 for a concert in Central Park, New York. They started making a new album together, but Garfunkel left because he didn’t agree with some of the lyrics written by Simon. This album would be by Paul Simon solo, Hearts and Bones. In 2003 Simon and Garfunkel reunited for a tour, first in the United States and then in the rest of the world (2004).

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