Paul Simon

American musician, songwriter and producer

Paul Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American musician and songwriter. He is of Jewish descent and became famous as a member of Simon and Garfunkel, with his friend, Art Garfunkel. He wrote their songs. The two went their separate ways in the early 1970s and since then Simon has become a successful solo artist.

Paul Simon
Paul Simon in concert
Paul Simon in concert
Background information
Born (1941-10-13) October 13, 1941 (age 80)
Newark, New Jersey[1]
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocal, guitar
Years active1958 to present
Associated actsSimon and Garfunkel, Tom and Jerry

Paul Simon had his first success in 1958 when his song "Hey Schoolgirl" got to Number 49 on the US charts.[1] He was performing with his friend Art Garfunkel in an act called "Tom and Jerry". His next success was in 1965 with "Sounds of Silence" which went to Number 1.[1] This was also performed with Garfunkel under the name "Simon and Garfunkel.

Some of Simon's most famous songs include "Slip Sliding Away", "American Tune", "Late in the Evening", "Still Crazy After All These Years", "Me and Julio Down By the School Yard" and "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover". His 1986 album Graceland is very well-known. He is still producing music. His newest album is called Surprise.

Simon has received three honorary doctorates in music, including one from Yale University and one from Berklee College of Music. In 2006, Time said that he was one of the 100 people who shape our world.[2]


  • Paul Simon (WEA), 1972
  • There Goes Rhymin' Simon, (WEA), 1973
  • Still Crazy After All These Years, (WEA), 1975
  • One-Trick Pony, (Warner Bros.), 1980
  • Hearts and Bones, (Warner Bros.), 1983
  • Graceland, (Warner Bros.), 1986
  • Rhythm of the Saints, (Warner Bros) 1990
  • Songs from the Capeman, (Warner Bros.), 1997
  • You're the One, (Warner Bros), 2000
  • Surprise, (Warner Bros), 2006


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sinclair, David (1995). The Essential Guide to Rock on CD. London: Greenwich Editions. pp. pg. 349. ISBN 0862880327. |pages= has extra text (help)
  2.,9171,1187393,00.html Archived 2008-11-29 at the Wayback Machine Paul Simon - TIME