Paul Simon is one of the most successful and respected songwriters of the rock era. Being half of the legendary pop duo Simon & Garfunkel would be enough for most people, but Simon reaped just as much acclaim as a solo artist. In the 1970s, he was at the vanguard of the singer/songwriter movement, marrying smart, reflective lyrics with sophisticated pop music. His 1975 solo album Still Crazy After All These Years topped the charts, won the Grammy for Album of the Year, and included the number one hit "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover." In the '80s, he was one of the first pop artists to successfully combine world music into his sound, resulting in the South African flavor of the landmark Graceland, another Album of the Year Grammy winner. Paul Frederic Simon was born in Newark, New Jersey on October 13, 1941. His father, Louis Simon, was ...
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