The title makes plain the intention of Paul Simon on this double-disc set: the focus is not on the hits but the songs, to the extent that his most famous song is not performed either by him solo or with Art Garfunkel , it is sung by Aretha Franklin , a selection that suggests this compilation will be more idiosyncratic than it is. But there are plenty of compilations for those kind of fans; for listeners who want to get a strong overview of Simon the writer, containing many but not all of his best songs, Songwriter is a solid choice.
Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Simon: Right away, I guess as soon as America became aware of the Police. I thought the band was great. I thought Sting was great. I didn't realize he wrote all the songs, and when he left I was interested to see because being part of a hit band or group and then you leave and go out and have a solo career smiles , I wanted to watch it. He's a trained musician.
He likes all kinds of music. He used to play Bach pieces when I'd come over; he'd say, "Listen to what I'm working on, this Bach piece," which would make me hang my head in shame and go back to my apartment. You know, just the idea that you would try to pick up a lute and play it…. Simon: What an instrument. God… I'm still struggling with a six-string acoustic guitar. So I think there's a similarity between us.
There was an interest in other cultures, and there's a bunch of musicians we know — Peter Gabriel is like that, and David Byrne -- and the musicians that we've played with also come from different genres. Sting played with a lot of great jazz musicians, and I played with drummers who were trained in India and northern Africa and Zydeco guys, and of course the African guys from "Graceland".
So even though we're a generation or half a generation apart in age, we're sort of the same aesthetic. Do you feel like you share an audience, too? Sting: We'll see. By doing these songs in this kind of cycle we are re-contextualizing them.
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It was also his 77th birthday. On that show, he performed " The Boxer " to the audience and the NYC firefighters and police officers. He is also a friend of former SNL star Chevy Chase , who appeared in his video for " You Can Call Me Al " lip synching the song while Simon looks disgruntled and mimes backing vocals and the playing of various instruments beside him.
Chase would also appear in Simon's video for the song "Proof" alongside Steve Martin. Simon and Lorne Michaels were the subjects of a episode of the Sundance Channel documentary series, Iconoclasts. He is one of only six artists to have won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year more than once as the main credited artist.
The following year, he was one of the five recipients of the annual Kennedy Center Honors , the nation's highest tribute to performing and cultural artists. As of , he has amassed nearly 75 million broadcast airplays, according to BMI surveys.
Named in honor of George and Ira Gershwin , this new award recognizes the profound and positive effect of popular music on the world's culture. On being notified of the honor, Simon said, "I am grateful to be the recipient of the Gershwin Prize and doubly honored to be the first. I look forward to spending an evening in the company of artists I admire at the award ceremony in May. I can think of a few who have expressed my words and music far better than I. I'm excited at the prospect of that happening again.
It's a songwriter's dream come true. The event was professionally filmed and broadcast and is now available as Paul Simon and Friends. In , Simon received an honorary degree from Brandeis University , where he performed "The Boxer" at the main commencement ceremony.
At the induction ceremony, he performed " American Tune ". In , Simon was awarded the Polar Music Prize. She was 16 and he was 22 when they began a relationship. Later that year they visited the U. When Simon returned to the U. Simon has been married three times, first to Peggy Harper in They had a son, Harper Simon in , and divorced in The song "Train in the Distance" from Simon's album Hearts and Bones is about this relationship. He had a brief relationship with Shelley Duvall and they lived together for two years until she introduced him to Carrie Fisher.
His second marriage, from to , was to actress and author Carrie Fisher , with whom he'd had an intermittent relationship since mutual friend Richard Dreyfuss served as their "matchmaker" in This song marks the end of the post-marriage relationship, and was an album track on Simon's album The Rhythm of The Saints. Simon married singer Edie Brickell on May 30, They have three children: Adrian, Lulu, and Gabriel. Simon is a proponent of music education for children.
Advertised in The Village Voice , the auditions brought hundreds of hopefuls to perform for Simon. Simon invited the six teens to experience recording at Columbia studios with engineer Roy Halee. Manchester later paid homage to Simon with her recorded song "Ode to Paul".
Laird-Clowes has credited Simon with helping to shape the band's biggest hit, " Life in a Northern Town ". In , Simon signed on as a supporter of Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization that provides free musical instruments and free lessons to children in public schools in the U.
He sits on the organization's board of directors as an honorary member. Simon is also a major benefactor and one of the co-founders, with Dr. Irwin Redlener , of the Children's Health Project and The Children's Health Fund   which started by creating specially equipped "buses" to take medical care to children in medically underserved areas, urban and rural.
It has expanded greatly, partnering with major hospitals, local public schools and medical schools and advocating policy for children's health and medical care. This discography does not include compilation albums, concert albums, or work with Simon and Garfunkel. Simon's solo concert albums often have songs he originally recorded with Simon and Garfunkel, and many Simon and Garfunkel concert albums contain songs Simon first recorded on solo albums.
Finally, Paul Simon has a few songs that appear on compilation albums and nowhere else. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other people named Paul Simon, see Paul Simon disambiguation. American musician, songwriter and producer. Folk rock pop world. Musician singer songwriter actor. Columbia Warner Bros. Main article: Paul Simon discography. American Masters. Retrieved December 6, The Guardian. Retrieved November 12, Retrieved December 8, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Archived from the original on December 9, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 4, Rolling Stone. November 23, August Jewish Journal. He offered up both "Sounds of Silence" and "Homeward Bound" as solo acoustic numbers fairly true to the originals, and let the crowd sing along to the "lie-la-lie" choruses of "The Boxer. It's hard to tell when an artist of Simon's stature is honestly moved by a crowd response, but the audience's thunderous and relentless applause between encores seemed to genuinely take him by surprise.
Closer "Father and Daughter" is the most conventionally light-jazzy thing here-- the only track without an Eno-scape, it originally appeared on The Wild Thornberrys soundtrack. Still, pulsating runaway tale "Another Galaxy", with the album's finest melody, shows Simon's compass hasn't totally slip-slid yet. Contractually mandated "surprise" pun: In the end, Eno really isn't one.
Talking Heads' Remain in Light owed as much to African polyrhythms as Simon's wildly successful Graceland did six years later. Moreover, Simon has always changed trappings from album to album, bringing on Nile Rodgers and Philip Glass for 's underrated Hearts and Bones and looking to Brazil for 's Rhythm of the Saints.GRAMMY: Record of the Year “Mrs. Robinson” – Simon & Garfunkel; GRAMMY: Best Pop Vocal Male – “Still Crazy After All These Years” Paul Simon inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame; Paul Simon inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.