Paul Simon – One Trick Pony & Swallowed by a Song & 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover


As I recall my life with Bone Daddy…..a pianist by ear that came play almost any tune that you can hum…..a man who just love music…it is in his heart and soul….so I can safely say he has good tastes in all genres of music. I remember nearly all the words to Simon and Garfunkel songs like Bridge Over Troubled Water and The Sounds of Silence…..so, when Paul & Art split up in 1970….it was not hard for Bone Daddy to transition to Paul Simon’s solo albums……and anyway, what Simon has accomplished speaks for itself….and why?  

Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American musician, actor and singer-songwriter. Simon’s fame, influence, and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with musical partner Art Garfunkel. Simon wrote nearly all of the pair’s songs….including three that reached No. 1 on the U.S. singles charts: “The Sound of Silence”, “Mrs. Robinson”, and “Bridge over Troubled Water”.  However, after the duo split up at the height of their popularity….Simon began a successful solo career as a guitarist and singer-songwriter…. recording three highly acclaimed albums over the next five years.  In 1986 he released Graceland….. an album inspired by South African township music. 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.  Simon has earned twelve Grammys for his solo and collaborative work….including 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 magazine.  In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine named Simon as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists…..and In 2015 named as one of The 100 Greatest Songwriters 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, Simon 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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