Paul Frederic Simon, an American singer-songwriter, was born on October 13, 1941, he is an actor as well. Simon has been in the industry for the past seven decades. He collaborated with the duo Simon and Garfunkel during the beginning of his career, and it was in the year 1964. Simon is the man who is behind the writing of all the songs of the duo of which the three songs reached to the No.1 spot in the U.S singles chart (“The Sound of Silence”, “Mrs. Robinson” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. It shows that Paul Simon was well accepted as a successful songwriter.
Born in Newark, New Jersey, Simon’s father Louis was a man of multi-tasks. He was a college professor, double bass player and also a dance band leader, while his mother was an elementary school teacher. His musical career began at age 11 where he met Art Garfunkel who was also of the same age where they both performed for their sixth-grade graduation in the production of Alice in Wonderland. They began to sing together at various functions at school and they were very much idolizing the Everly Brothers. His first song was written for him and Garfunkel at the age of 12 or 13 and the song was called as “The Girl For Me” which became a neighborhood hit. During the duo’s mid-teens, another song got recorded “Hey, Schoolgirl” which reached to number 49 on the pop charts.
From the year 1957 to 1964, about more than 30 songs were written, recorded and released, and the union with Garfunkel where occasionally they played for certain singles like “Our Song” and “That’s My Story”. The duo collaborated to get an audition with Columbia Records and previously they were called as “Tom and Jerry” which later they were named as themselves. It was the first time ever in music history where a duo would be called in person’s surnames.
In the later years, Simon moved to the UK for a solo career where he would tour and perform for folk clubs and coffee houses. This happened after the duo split in the year 1970. At that point in time, their success rose at a very high scale. Thus a solo career as a guitarist and a singer-songwriter began, in the coming five years, Simon released three highly acclaimed albums.
Albums like “Graceland”, which got inspired by South African Township music sold over 14 million copies and this album remained to become the best work of Simon. He also wrote and starred in the movie “One-Trick Pony” and co-wrote a Broadway musical “The Capeman”. In order to reach the top at Number 1 position on Billboard Album Chart and also the UK Charts, Simon had to release his 13th solo which became an overnight success for him to earn Grammys.
During his career, Simon earned sixteen Grammys for solo and collaborative works. The awards include three Album of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and also featured in Time Magazine. Simon was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music as well.