Paul Simon

Born Oct 13, 1941

Paul Frederic Simon is an American musician, songwriter and producer. Simon's fame, influence and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with musical partner Art Garfunkel. Simon wrote most of the pair's songs, including three that reached No. 1 on the U.S. singles charts: "The Sound of Silence," "Mrs. Robinson," and "Bridge Over Troubled Water.… Read More

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1941 Birth Simon was born on October 13, 1941, in Newark, New Jersey, to Hungarian Jewish parents. … Read More
1945 3 Years Old In 1945, his family moved to the Kew Gardens Hills section of Flushing, Queens, in New York City. … Read More


1957 15 Years Old Between 1957 and 1964, Simon wrote, recorded, and released more than 30 songs, occasionally reuniting with Garfunkel as Tom & Jerry for some singles, including "Our Song" and "That's My Story". … Read More


1962 20 Years Old Simon enjoyed some moderate success in recording a few singles as part of a group called Tico and the Triumphs, including a song called "Motorcycle" that reached No. 97 on the Billboard charts in 1962. … Read More
1964 22 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 1964, Simon and Garfunkel got an audition with Columbia Records, whose executive Clive Davis was impressed enough to sign the duo to a contract to produce an album. … Read More
1965 - 1968 3 More Events
1969 27 Years Old Simon has been married three times, first to Peggy Harper in late autumn 1969.
1970 28 Years Old 1 More Event
The duo split up in 1970 at the height of their popularity and Simon began a successful solo career as a guitarist and singer-songwriter, recording three highly acclaimed albums over the next five years. … Read More


1972 30 Years Old 1 More Event
His album Paul Simon was released in January 1972, preceded by his first experiment with world music, the Jamaican-inspired "Mother and Child Reunion," considered one of the first examples of reggae by a white musician. … Read More
1973 - 1976 3 More Events
1977 35 Years Old He achieved another hit in this decade, with the lead single of his 1977 compilation, Greatest Hits, Etc., "Slip Slidin' Away," reaching No. 5 in the United States.
1980 38 Years Old In 1980 he released One-Trick Pony, his debut album with Warner Bros. … Read More


Simon released Hearts and Bones in 1983. … Read More
1984 - 1987 2 More Events
1988 46 Years Old In an attempt to capitalize on his renewed success, WB Records released the album Negotiations and Love Songs in November 1988, a mixture of popular hits and personal favorites that covered Simon's entire career and became an enduring seller in his catalog. … Read More
1991 49 Years Old …  On August 15, 1991, almost a decade after his concert with Garfunkel, Simon staged a second concert in Central Park with African and South American bands. … Read More


1992 50 Years Old 1 More Event
On March 4, 1992, he appeared on his own episode of MTV Unplugged, offering renditions of many of his most famous compositions. … Read More
1993 - 1999 5 More Events
2000 58 Years Old In an attempt to return successfully to the music market, Simon wrote and recorded a new album very quickly, with You're the One arriving in October 2000. … Read More
Simon has earned twelve Grammys for his solo and collaborative work, including a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2001, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2006 was selected as one of the "100 People Who Shaped the World" by Time magazine. … Read More


2002 - 2009 10 More Events
In the premiere show of the final season of The Oprah Winfrey Show on September 10, 2010, Simon surprised Oprah and the audience with a song dedicated to Oprah and her show lasting 25 years (an update of a song he did for her show's 10th anniversary).
2011 69 Years Old 1 More Event
Rounding off his 2011 World Tour, which included United States, England, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany, Simon appeared at Ramat Gan Stadium in Israel in July 2011, making his first concert appearance in Israel since 1983.
On February 26, 2012, Simon paid tribute to fellow musicians Chuck Berry and Leonard Cohen who were the recipients of the first annual PEN Awards for songwriting excellence at the JFK Presidential Library in Boston, Massachusetts. … Read More
2013 71 Years Old 1 More Event
On June 14, 2013, at Sting's Back to Bass Tour, Simon performed his song "The Boxer" and Sting's "Fields of Gold" with Sting.
2014 72 Years Old In February 2014, Simon embarked on a joint concert tour titled On Stage Together with English musician Sting, playing 21 concerts in North America. … Read More
2015 73 Years Old 1 More Event
On August 4, 2015, Simon performed "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard", "Homeward Bound", and "Late in the Evening" alongside Billy Joel at the final concert of Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, New York.
Simon also wrote and performed the theme song for the comedian Louis C.K.'s show Horace and Pete, which debuted January 30, 2016. … Read More
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