Paul Simon - October 13, 2014

Happy 73rd Birthday to Paul Simon! At the age of 11, Simon met a fellow musically-minded child named Art Garfunkel and they have been intrinsically linked ever since. Garfunkel had the beautiful singing voice, which Simon reportedly envied, but Simon was the genius behind the songwriting, which Garfunkel reportedly envied. Between his solo work and that with Simon and Garfunkel, Simon has been awarded 12 Grammys and has made tremendous contributions to the world of music. Here’s a small sampling:

50 Ways to Leave Your Lover

Biko

The Boxer

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Cecilia

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

Graceland

Homeward Bound

I Am a Rock

Mrs. Robinson

Scarborough Fair

Slip Slidin’ Away

Sound of Silence

Still Crazy After All These Years

David Bowie, Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon, Yoko Ono, and John Lennon at the 1975 Grammys.

David Bowie, Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon, Yoko Ono, and John Lennon at the 1975 Grammys.

TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION

In which famous 1977 film does Simon make a cameo?

a) Saturday Night Fever

b) Smokey and the Bandit

c) Star Wars

d) Annie Hall

Answer below!

CLIP OF THE DAY

Watch Simon yuk it up with Chevy Chase in “You Can Call Me Al.” Enjoy today’s earworm.

Enjoy Simon and Garfunkel’s rousing rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” at their famous reunion concert in Central Park in 1981. Chills!

DID YOU KNOW…

In his review off 1967’s The Graduate, Roger Ebert called the soundtrack “instantly forgettable.” The Grammy Awards didn’t agree: “Mrs. Robinson” won Record of the Year and Best Contemporary Pop Performance and the film’s score won Best Original Score. It has since sold 25 million copies worldwide.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

I was eating in a Chinese restaurant downtown. There was a dish called Mother and Child Reunion. It's chicken and eggs. And I said, I gotta use that one.

~Paul Simon

TRIVIA ANSWER

d) Simon plays music producer Tony Lacey in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall.