Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter.
He is known for his success beginning in 1965 as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, with musical partner Art Garfunkel. Simon wrote most of the pair's songs, including three that reached number one on the US singles charts, "The Sound of Silence", "Mrs. Robinson", and "Bridge Over Troubled Water".
In 1970, at the height of their popularity, the duo split, and Simon began a successful solo career, recording three highly-acclaimed albums over the next five years. “Paul Simon,” featuring “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard," was released in 1972 topped the charts in the United Kingdom, Japan and Norway, and reached #4 on the U.S. Billboard Pop Albums. In 1986, it was certified platinum. “There Goes Rhymin' Simon” reached #2 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1973. The album featured "Kodachrome,” which reached #2 on the Billboard charts, "Loves Me Like a Rock" also a #2 single and the Top 40 hit "American Tune". “Still Crazy After All These Years” recorded in 1975, produced four US Top 40 hits, "Gone at Last" (#23), "My Little Town" (#9), "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover" (#1) and the title track (#40). The album reached #1 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.
In 1986, he released “Graceland,” an album inspired by South African township music that helped fuel the anti-apartheid movement. It was a hit, topping the UK Album Chart, and reaching number three on the US Billboard 200. The album won the 1986 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, while the title song won the 1987 Grammy for Record of the Year. In 2006, the album was added to the United States National Recording Registry. It received a certification of 5× Platinum by the RIAA and eventually selling over 14 million copies, making it the singer's most commercially successful album. The album featured such songs as “Graceland”, "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" ,“You Can Call Me Al” and Under African Skies.”
Label: Legacy Recordings | Released: 2010 | Length: 43'14"