Paul Simon Turns 70: Celebrate With 70 Paul Simon Fun Facts!

[photogallerylink id=56713 align=right] [mp3com-artist]Paul Simon[/mp3com-artist] turns 70 on October 13, 2011!

Let’s celebrate with 70 Paul Simon fun facts!


1. Paul Simon was born in Newark, New Jersey on October 13, 1941.

2. Paul’s mother and father were both musically inclined.

3. Paul was named after his grandfather who was a tailor in Vienna.

4. Paul’s dad complimented his singing saying “That’s nice, Paul. You have a nice voice.”  This led Paul to contemplate a career as a singer.

5.Paul Simon met [mp3com-artist]Art Garfunkel[/mp3com-artist] when he was 11.

6. Paul and Art idolized [mp3com-artist]The Everly Brothers [/mp3com-artist]and mimicked their two-part harmony.


7. Simon & Garfunkel’s first hit was “Hey, Schoolgirl” and published under the name Tom & Jerry.  They were in their mid-teens when it reached #49 on the pop charts!


8. Simon earned a degree in English literature from Queens University.

9. Simon recorded music under the names Jerry Landis, Paul Kane and True Taylor!


10. Simon recorded with the band Tico and the Triumphs. Their song “Motorcycle” went to #97 on the charts!


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11. “Jerry Landis” reached #99  in the charts with “Lone Teen Ranger” in 1957.


12. Paul’s girlfriend, Kathy Chitty, was the inspiration for “Kathy’s Song”


13. There is a photo of Simon and Kathy on the cover of The Paul Simon Song Book.

'The Paul Simon Song Book' Album Cover

14. In early 1964,  Columbia Records decided that the duo would be called “Simon & Garfunkel.”

15. Simon and Garfunkel’s first LP, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. got off to a slow start, so slow that Paul Simon took off to Europe to start a solo career but returned when “ Sound Of Silence” took off.


16. While in the UK Simon co-wrote “Red Rubber Ball” with Bruce Woodley of the Australian pop group [mp3com-artist]The Seekers[/mp3com-artist].


17. The album Sounds of Silence includes “April Come She Will”, “I Am a Rock” and “Leaves That Are Green.”


18. “Mrs. Robinson” was Simon & Garfunkel’s second hit.


19. Simon thought about changing the song to “Mrs. Roosevelt” but The Graduate director, Mike Nichols, said “Don’t be ridiculous! We’re making a movie here! It’s Mrs. Robinson!”

20. Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme was Simon & Garfunkel’s third album and included  “Scarborough Fair”, “Homeward Bound” and “7 O’Clock News/Silent Night.”


21. Bridge Over Troubled Water includes my personal favorite, “The Only Living Boy in New York.”


22. It also includes “Cecelia.”


23. “Cecelia” also sounds good performed on a tree and a cooler as proven in this 2008 YouTube video by the Local Natives.


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24. Simon wrote “Bridge Over Troubled Water” in the summer of 1969 while Garfunkel was filming Catch-22.

25. After releasing the album Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon & Garfunkel started solo careers occasionally working together.

26. Garfunkel said when he performed “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” in 1972 at the Madison Square Garden benefit concert, it was “almost biblical.”

27. Paul Simon’s “Mother and Child Reunion” was considered one of the first examples of reggae attempted by a white musician.


28. Also on Paul Simon’s Paul Simon album was the hit “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard.”


29. There Goes Rhymin’ Simon was Paul’s s third solo studio album released in May of 1973.

30. “Kodachrome” and “Loves Me Like a Rock” (my personal Paul Simon favorite) both came from the album, There Goes Rhymin’ Simon.


31. Also, on There Goes Rhymin’ Simon was “Something So Right,” a tribute to Simon’s first wife, Peggy.


32. Simon married Peggy in the fall of 1969. They had one son together and divorced in 1975. The 1983 song “Train in the Distance” is about their relationship.


33. Paul’s fourth studio album, Still Crazy After All These Years, produced four US Top 40 hits including “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover”


34. “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” reached the top spot in the Billboard charts.

35. Paul Simon played the role of Tony Lacey in Annie Hall.


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36. Simon performed on SNL on November 20, 1976 singing “Still Crazy After All These Years” in a turkey outfit. If you find the video please leave a link in the comments!

37. In 1977 Simon’s “Slip Slidin’ Away” reached No. 5 in the United States.


38. In 1977 the  TV show, The Paul Simon Special, aired.


39. In 1980 Simon released the album One Trick Pony. Simon wrote and stared in a film of the same name.


40. Simon was married to actress, Carrie Fisher, from 1983 to 1984.


41. Carrie Fisher says in her autobiography Wishful Drinking that the song “She Moves On” is about her.


42. After the album Hearts and Bones failed to produce commercial success Simon found new inspiration in African music which led to the  new musical project that became the celebrated album Graceland.


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43. Paul Simon appeared on The Muppet Show in 1980 The episode featured Paul Simon songs exclusively.




44. “You Can Call Me Al” was accompanied with a humorous music video featuring actor Chevy Chase.


45. “Diamonds on the soles of her Shoes” was another celebrated solo coming from the Graceland album.


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46. Simon played the role of “Simple Simon” on the Disney movie, Mother Goose Rock ‘n’ Rhyme.


47. On March 4, 1992 Paul Simon appeared on MTV Unplugged.


48. Paul Simon married Edie Brickell on May 30, 1992.

49. Simon is 25 years Edie’s senior.

50. They have three children together.

51. Edie Brickell is the lovely songstress who sings “What I Am” with [mp3com-artist]Edie Brickell & New Bohemians[/mp3com-artist]. Edie first laid eyes on Paul Simon when she was performing  live on Saturday Night Live.  She was taken aback. You can witness that moment in this video.


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52. In 1995 Paul appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where he performed the song “Ten Years”, which he composed specially for the tenth anniversary of the show.


53. Simon wrote and produced a Broadway musical titled The Capeman, he published an album by the same name.


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54. Songs from The Capeman cost an estimated$11 million.

55. Songs from The Capeman was the first Simon album to not reach Top 40 in the Billboard charts.

56. In 1999, Simon toured with [mp3com-artist]Bob Dylan[/mp3com-artist].


57. Paul Simon performed “The Boxer” to an audience of NYC firefighters and police officers on the first SNL to air after the September 11, 2001 attacks. He also performed “The Boxer” because of popular demand on Facebook when receiving an honorary degree from Brandeis University in 2010.


58. Simon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.


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59. In 2002, Simon wrote and recorded “Father and Daughter.” It was the theme song for The Wild Thornberrys Movie.


60. In 2005, Simon & Garfunkel sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water” with[mp3com-artist]Aaron Neville[/mp3com-artist] during a benefit for Hurricane Katrina victims.


61. In 2006 Simon was selected as one of the “100 People Who Shaped the World” by Time Magazine.

62. In 2006 Simon also worked on a new album Surprise with [mp3com-artist]Brian Eno[/mp3com-artist].


63. Surprise reached #14 in the Billboard 200 and #4 in the UK.

64. In 2007, Simon was named the first recipient of the Library of Congress’s Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

65. Art Garfunkel was among many musicians who performed at the concert which aired on PBS.

66. Here’s [mp3com-artist]Alison Krauss[/mp3com-artist] singing “Graceland.”


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67. In 2009 Simon finally had his Kodachrome taken away when Kodak Eastman announced it would cancel production of Kodachrome film.

68. On September 10, 2010, Simon performed a tribute on The Oprah Winfrey Show celebrating 25 years of the popular talk show.


69. Simon has received 13 GRAMMYs.

70. In April 2011 Simon appeared at the Glastonbury music festival.

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(Source of information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Simon)

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