Paul Simon (of Simon & Garfunkel)

~ Person

Legal name: Paul Frederic Simon

Also performs as: Jerry Landis


Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. Simon's musical career has spanned seven decades, with his fame and commercial success beginning as half of the duo Simon & Garfunkel (originally known as Tom & Jerry), formed in 1956 with Art Garfunkel. Simon was responsible for writing nearly all of the pair's songs, including three that reached number one 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, recording three acclaimed albums over the next five years. In 1986, he released Graceland, an album inspired by South African township music, which sold 14 million copies worldwide on its release and remains his most popular solo work. 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. On June 3, 2016, Simon released his 13th solo album, Stranger to Stranger, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Album Chart and the UK charts.

Simon has earned sixteen Grammys for his solo and collaborative work, including three for Album of the Year (Bridge Over Troubled Water, Still Crazy After All These Years, Graceland), and a 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. In 2011, Rolling Stone named Simon one of the 100 greatest guitarists. In 2015, he was named one of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time by Rolling Stone. Among many other honors, Simon was the first recipient of the Library of Congress's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2007. In 1986, he 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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1965 The Paul Simon Song Book Paul Simon 7
1972 Paul Simon Paul Simon 10
1973 There Goes Rhymin’ Simon Paul Simon 11
1975 Still Crazy After All These Years Paul Simon 11
1983 Hearts and Bones Paul Simon 6
1986 Graceland Paul Simon 5 31
1990 The Rhythm of the Saints Paul Simon 12
1997 Songs From the Capeman Paul Simon 3
2000 You’re the One Paul Simon 6
2006 Surprise Paul Simon 4
2011 So Beautiful or So What Paul Simon 3.65 6
2016 Stranger to Stranger Paul Simon 6
2018 In the Blue Light Paul Simon 3 3
Paul Simon Live Unlicensed Paul Simon 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Greatest Hits, Etc. Paul Simon 4
1981 Collected Works Paul Simon 1
1988 Negotiations and Love Songs: 1971–1986 Paul Simon 9
1990 Paul Simon Plus Paul Simon, Neil Sedaka, Tony Orlando, Johnny Rivers, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 2
1991 Born at the Right Time: The Best Of Paul Simon 1
1993 Paul Simon: 1964-1993 Paul Simon 1
1993 The Paul Simon Anthology Paul Simon 2
1994 Peacelands Paul Simon and Friends 1
2000 Greatest Hits: Shining Like a National Guitar Paul Simon 2
2002 The Paul Simon Collection: On My Way, Don't Know Where I'm Goin' Paul Simon 3
2004 Selections From Paul Simon: The Studio Recordings (1972-2000) Paul Simon 1
2007 The Essential Paul Simon Paul Simon 5
2009 This Better Be Good Paul Simon 1
2011 Songwriter Paul Simon 3
2013 The Complete Albums Collection Paul Simon 1
2013 Over the Bridge of Time: A Paul Simon Retrospective (1964-2011) Paul Simon 1
2015 The Ultimate Collection Paul Simon 2
2015 Original Album Classics Paul Simon 1
The Paul Simon Songbook Paul Simon 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 His Greatest Hits - Live in Concert Paul Simon 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 Paul Simon in Concert: Live Rhymin' Paul Simon with Urubamba and The Jessy Dixon Singers 5
1991 Concert in the Park Paul Simon 3
1992 MTV Unplugged Paul Simon 1
1993 Homeless Children’s: Medical Benefit Concert Paul SimonBruce Springsteen & Friends 1
1993 Live USA Paul Simon 1
1994 Medical Benefit Concert at the Madison Square Garden: New York, U.S.A. December 13, 1987, Part 2 Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen and the friends 2
1999 Graceland: The African Concert Paul Simon 1
1999 Live in Denver 1999 Bob Dylan & Paul Simon 1
2012 Live In New York City Paul Simon 4 3
2016 Live at Kaufman Astoria Studios, New York 1992 Paul Simon 1
2017 The Concert in Hyde Park Paul Simon 3
1999-06-13: Gorge Amphitheater, Columbia River Gorge, WA, USA Paul Simon & Bob Dylan 1
Unplugged Paul Simon 1
You're the One in Concert Paul Simon 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2018 Graceland: The Remixes Paul Simon 3

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 One-Trick Pony Paul Simon 4 7
The Capeman (original Broadway cast) Paul Simon 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 Mother and Child Reunion Paul Simon 1
1973 Kodachrome Paul Simon 1
1976 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover Paul Simon 1
1977 Slip Slidin' Away Paul Simon 1
1980 Late in the Evening Paul Simon 1
1986 The Boy in the Bubble Paul Simon 1
1986 You Can Call Me Al Paul Simon 5 2
1991 Born At The Right Time Paul Simon 1
2006 Father and Daughter Paul Simon 1
2006 That’s Me Paul Simon 2
2006 Outrageous Paul Simon 2
2011 The Afterlife Paul Simon 1
2015 New York Is My Home Dion & Paul Simon 1

Single + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Father and Daughter Paul Simon 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 Graceland: Bonus Tracks Paul Simon 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 The Studio Recordings 1972 - 2000 Paul Simon 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992-03-04 Paul Simon 1
Paul Simon Paul Simon 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 1967-06-16: Monterey Pop: Monterey, CA, USA Simon & Garfunkel / Paul Simon 1
2011 iTunes Festival: London 2011 Paul Simon 1
2011 2011-12-05: Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL, USA Paul Simon 1

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