Paul Simonwas born on October 13, 1941 in Newark, New Jersey. Paul is a member of the Rock and roll Hall of fame and also one half of the famous rock, folk singing duo, Simon and Garfunkle. Today Simon lives in New Canaan, Connecticut. Paul was a product of Jewish parents. His mother was an English teacher and his father was a bandleader and a teacher. His family moved to Queens, New York City, and his music career began in the Forest Hills High School. He met up with Art Garfunkle in school and they began singing together as a duo. They performed at school dances occasionally. Their idols were The Everly brothers. Their first record company called them Tom & Jerry so that is the name they first used and received success with it. Their first single recording was, Hey, Schoolgirl, and it was recorded on the label, Big records, and the song reached number 49 on the pop charts. The boys were still in their teens when they accomplished this.
Paul received a degree in English from Queens College but his real love was rock and roll. He also attended Brooklyn Law School for a brief period of time. Art attended Columbia University in Manhattan. Paul wrote, recorded, and released over 30 songs between 1957 and 1964. He and Art occasionally got together and recorded singles as Tom & Jerry. In 1964, the two got an audition with Columbia Records. They were signed with the company to record an album. Columbia decided to call the duo, Simon and Garfunkle. Their first album flopped in 1964. The duo split up in 1971 and Paul began to write and record solo material again.
Paul was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the second time (the first time was with Art), in 2000 for his success as a solo artist. Paul has also done a bit of acting. He has been married three times. Paul was one of five people to receive the Kennedy Center Honors in 2002. Paul received the First Annual Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song on March 1, 2007. The award was for recognition of having a positive effect of popular music on the world’s culture. The awards ceremony took place in May, 2007 and Simon and Garfunkle reunited for the occasion and they performed, Bridge Over troubled Water. Some of the songs that Paul wrote are, Our Song, That’s My Story, Surrender, Train In the Distance, Run That Body Down, Hearts and Bones, and many more. This duo will be well remembered by many.
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