Paul Simon (Oct. 13, 1941)
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Simon married the singer Edie Brickell in 1992. He was previously married to the actress Carrie Fisher from 1982-1983 and to Peggy Harper from 1969-1975.
Simon made a cameo as a Record Producer in the 1977 Woody Allen movie Annie Hall.
After his first Simon and Garfunkel album Wednesday Morning, 3 AM Simon left for England and established himself as a Folk artist. In 1966 he was called back to the US when his song "The Sound of Silence" was released with electric instruments overdubbed over the original acoustics, and hit #1 in the US. Afterward, he created 4 more albums with Garfunkel: The Sounds of Silence, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, Bookends and Bridge Over Troubled Water. (thanks, Sara MacKenzie - Middle of Nowhere, FL)
He is in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a solo artist and as a member of Simon and Garfunkel.
After high school, he studied English literature at Queens College. He wrote and recorded many songs during this time. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
He was very upset by the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. So much so, that he left the country to live in England for a while.
By 2009, he had released 3 times as many solo albums (15) as Simon & Garfunkel albums (5).
Simon got his start in the music industry working for a song publishing company called E.B. Marks, where his job was to sell songs to record companies. When he got frustrated and left the company, he decided to self-publish any songs he wrote - a move that turned out to be very lucrative.
Sebu Simonian of Capital Cities
The "Safe and Sound" duo started out writing jingles. Sebu takes us through some tracks on their debut album and explains the upside to working on music for commercials.
Collaborating with T Bone Burnett, Leslie Phillips changed her name and left her Christian label behind. Robert Plant, who recorded one of her songs on Raising Sand
, is a fan.