Paul Simon’s Legacy

Paul Simon was born in October of 1941 in Newark, NJ, and is an American singer, guitarist and songwriter. When the family moved to Queens in New York City, Simon was interested in baseball and music.

His career began when he met Art Garfunkel when they were both age 11, as they were both in a sixth grade play. They began singing together when 13, performing at various school activities. They patterned themselves after the Everly Brothers and you can hear the close two-part harmony in their music. Simon also became very engrossed in the blues, jazz and folk songs. Their first song was one where Simon’s dad wrote the words and the chords down on a piece of paper, and that paper is now in the Library of Congress as the first Simon and Garfunkel song.

Both boys went on to college and earned degrees, but Simon was more interested in Rock’N Roll. From 1957 to 1964, Simon wrote, performed and recorded whenever he got the chance and formed a couple of groups with friends. A few of his records reached 99 and 100 on the charts, but nothing of note really came from that effort except a lot of experience.

Clive Davis was impressed enough with the now together Simon and Garfunkel to sign them with Columbia records, and they did an album called Wednesday Morning, 3AM, but it flopped.

Meanwhile, back in the US, American radio stations began getting requests for “The Sound of Silence,” and it eventually went Number 1 on the charts, and Simon and Garfunkle were on their way.

More songs and more exposure brought most of their more famous songs concerning parsley, bridges, and “Mrs Robinson”after the movie. Simon and Garfunkel eventually broke up, but Simon had a very successful solo career after that and has won numerous awards including 12 Grammys and was inducted into the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame.