Paul Simon (of Simon & Garfunkel)

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Legal name: Paul Frederic Simon

Also performs as: Jerry Landis


Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor whose career has spanned six decades. He is one of the most acclaimed songwriters in popular music, both as a solo artist and as half of folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel with Art Garfunkel.

Simon was born in Newark, New Jersey, and grew up in the borough of Queens in New York City. He began performing with his schoolfriend Art Garfunkel in 1956 when they were still in their early teens. After limited success, the pair reunited after an electrified version of their song "The Sound of Silence" became a hit in 1966. Simon & Garfunkel recorded five albums together featuring songs mostly written by Simon, including the hits "Mrs. Robinson", "America", "Bridge over Troubled Water" and "The Boxer".

After Simon & Garfunkel split in 1970, Simon recorded three acclaimed albums over the following five years, all of which charted in the Top 5 on the Billboard 200. His 1972 self-titled album contained the hit songs "Mother and Child Reunion" and "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard". The 1975 album Still Crazy After All These Years, which featured guest vocals from Garfunkel, was his first number one solo album. It featured the number 1 hit single "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover", among other Top 40 songs such as "Still Crazy After All These Years", "Gone at Last" and "My Little Town".

Simon reunited with Garfunkel for a performance in New York Central Park in 1981, drawing half a million spectators, followed by a world tour with Garfunkel. After a career slump, Simon released Graceland in 1986, an album inspired by South African township music. It sold 14 million copies worldwide, and remains his most popular and acclaimed solo work. A number of hit singles were released from the album, including "You Can Call Me Al", "The Boy in the Bubble" and "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes". It won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1987.

Simon continued to tour throughout the 1990s. He wrote a Broadway musical, The Capeman, and recorded a companion album, Songs from The Capeman, which was released in 1997. His 2000 album You're the One was nominated again for Album of the Year honors. He followed that album with several years of touring, including another reunion tour with Garfunkel. He then released Surprise (2006), his last album of the decade. In 2016, he released Stranger to Stranger, which debuted at number 3 on the Billboard Album Chart and number 1 the UK Albums Chart. It marked his greatest commercial and critical success in thirty years. His most recent album is In the Blue Light (2018), which contains re-arrangements of lesser-known songs from his prior albums.

Simon has earned sixteen Grammy Awards for his solo and collaborative work, including three for Album of the Year (Bridge Over Troubled Water, Still Crazy After All These Years and Graceland), and a Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: first in 1990 as a member of Simon & Garfunkel, and again in 2001 for his solo career. In 2006 he was selected as one of the "100 People Who Shaped the World" by Time. In 2011, Rolling Stone named Simon one of the 100 greatest guitarists, and in 2015 he was ranked 8th in their list of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time. Simon was the first recipient of the Library of Congress's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2007.

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1965The Paul Simon SongbookPaul Simon8
1972Paul SimonPaul Simon514
1973There Goes Rhymin’ SimonPaul Simon3.3514
1975Still Crazy After All These YearsPaul Simon424
1983Hearts and BonesPaul Simon49
1986GracelandPaul Simon4.5543
1990The Rhythm of the SaintsPaul Simon3.6515
1997Songs From the CapemanPaul Simon4
2000You’re the OnePaul Simon6
2006SurprisePaul Simon4
2011So Beautiful or So WhatPaul Simon3.6510
2012The Wobble (Paul Simon a.k.a. Jerry Landis)Paul Simon aka Jerry Landis1
2016Stranger to StrangerPaul Simon7
2018In the Blue LightPaul Simon34

Album + Compilation

1977Greatest Hits, Etc.Paul Simon7
1981Collected WorksPaul Simon2
1988Negotiations and Love Songs: 1971–1986Paul Simon4.510
1990Paul Simon PlusPaul Simon, Neil Sedaka, Tony Orlando, Johnny Rivers, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons2
1991Born at the Right Time: The Best of Paul SimonPaul Simon2
19931964–1993Paul Simon1
1993The Paul Simon AnthologyPaul Simon2
1994PeacelandsPaul Simon and Friends1
2000Greatest Hits: Shining Like a National GuitarPaul Simon3
2002The Paul Simon Collection: On My Way, Don't Know Where I'm Goin'Paul Simon5
2004The Studio Recordings 1972–2000Paul Simon1
2007The Essential Paul SimonPaul Simon7
2009This Better Be GoodPaul Simon1
2009The Library of Congress: Gershwin Prize for Popular SongPaul Simon41
2011SongwriterPaul Simon3
2013The Complete Albums CollectionPaul Simon1
2013Over the Bridge of Time: A Paul Simon Retrospective (1964–2011)Paul Simon1
2015The Ultimate CollectionPaul Simon2
2015Original Album ClassicsPaul Simon1
Paul SimonPaul Simon1

Album + Compilation + Live

1994His Greatest Hits - Live in ConcertPaul Simon1

Album + Soundtrack

1968The Graduate: The Original Sound Track RecordingPaul Simon; Simon & Garfunkel; David Grusin314
1980One‐Trick PonyPaul Simon418
2006The Capeman: Original Broadway Cast (original Broadway cast)Paul Simon1

Album + Live

1974Paul Simon in Concert: Live Rhymin'Paul Simon with Urubamba and The Jessy Dixon Singers36
1991Paul Simon's Concert in the ParkPaul Simon3
1999Graceland: The African ConcertPaul Simon1
2010You're the One: In Concert From ParisPaul Simon1
2012Live in New York CityPaul Simon44
2016Live at Kaufman Astoria Studios, New York 1992Paul Simon1
2017The Concert in Hyde ParkPaul Simon3
2020Live in Zimbabwe 1987, Part OnePaul Simon2
2020Live in Zimbabwe 1987, Part TwoPaul Simon1
1992-03-04Paul Simon1
Live ’n’ Late in the Evening: Tower Theater, Philadelphia PA 7th Oct 1980 – RemasteredPaul Simon1
You're the One (In Concert for Paris)Paul Simon1

Album + Remix

2018Graceland: The RemixesPaul Simon3


1972Mother and Child ReunionPaul Simon2
1973KodachromePaul Simon41
197550 Ways to Leave Your LoverPaul Simon31
1977Slip Slidin' AwayPaul Simon2
1980Late in the EveningPaul Simon1
1986Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes / All Around the World or the Myth of FingerprintsPaul Simon1
1986The Boy in the BubblePaul Simon1
1986You Can Call Me AlPaul Simon53
1988Mother And Child ReunionPaul Simon1
1991Born At The Right TimePaul Simon1
2006Father and DaughterPaul Simon1
2006That’s MePaul Simon2
2006OutrageousPaul Simon2
2011The AfterlifePaul Simon1
2015New York Is My HomeDion & Paul Simon1

Single + Soundtrack

2002Father and DaughterPaul Simon2

EP + Live

2011iTunes Festival: London 2011Paul Simon1

Broadcast + Live

20062006-05-25: Bloomsbury Theatre, London, UKPaul Simon1

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