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Paul Simon


1941

Paul Simon was born.

1965

Paul Simon’s first solo album, The Paul Simon Songbook, is released in the U.K. on CBS Records. It never sees the light of day in the U.S.

1972

Paul Simon’s self-titled album is released a year after the breakup of Simon and Garfunkel. It yields two popular singles

1973

Paul Simon’s second album, ‘There Goes Rhymin’ Simon,’ is released. It is his best-selling album until 1986’s ‘Graceland,’ producing a pair of singles that each hit #2

1973

Paul Simon hits #2 with “Kodachrome”.

1973

Paul Simon hits #2 with “Loves Me Like a Rock”.

1974

Paul Simon hits #35 with “American Tune”.

1975

Paul Simon and Phoebe Snow hit #23 with “Gone At Last”.

1975

‘Still Crazy After All These Years,’ Paul Simon’s third solo album of the Seventies, tops the album charts.

1976

“50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” by Paul Simon, reaches #1 for the first of three weeks. It is the biggest single of his career.

1976

Paul Simon hits #40 with “Still Crazy After All These Years”.

1980

The film ‘One Trick Pony,’ written and directed by Paul Simon, opens in theaters. Simon also acts in the film and performs the soundtrack music, which includes “Late in the Evening” (#6).

1983

‘Hearts and Bones,’ originally intended to be a Simon and Garfunkel reunion album, is instead released as a Paul Simon solo effort with Garfunkel’s vocals wiped off.

1986

‘Graceland,’ the signature album of Paul Simon’s career, is released. Much of it was recorded in South Africa with native musicians.

1987

Paul Simon brings the Graceland tour to Zimbabwe, Africa.

1987

Paul Simon wins Album of the Year for ‘Graceland’at the 29th annual Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. It is his 11th Grammy to date.

1987

“You Can Call Me Al,” by Paul Simon, peaks at #23. It is his last Top Forty hit to date.

1990

‘The Rhythm of the Saints,’ Paul Simon’s long-awaited followup to ‘Graceland,’ is released. Much of it was recorded in Brazil with native musicians.

1991

Paul Simon performs a free concert in Central Park, which is released in November as the double-disc set ‘Paul Simon’s Concert in the Park.’

1992

Paul Simon marries singer Edie Brickell.

1992

MTV presents the planetary premiere of “MTV Unplugged” with Paul Simon. The one hour acoustic performance marks the first time an episode of the series is aired the same day in 57 of the 70 countries worldwide where MTV can be seen with MTV Asia, MTV Brazil and MTV Europe.

1993

‘Paul Simon 1964-93,’ a retrospective three-disc box set, is released.

2000

‘You’re the One,’ Paul Simon’s ninth solo album (excepting compilations and concert discs), is released. It is his first album of songs not tied to a larger conceptual framework since 1983’s ‘Hearts and Bones.’

2001

Paul Simon is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the sixteenth annual induction dinner. Marc Anthony is his presenter.

2001

‘Songs from the Capeman,’ featuring material from the Paul Simon-authored Broadway musical, is released. The album is well-received but the musical flops.

Paul Simon