Paul Simon is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, half of the folk-singing duo Simon and Garfunkel who continues a successful solo career. In 2006, “Time” Magazine called him one of the “100 people who shape our world”.
In 1957 he and high school pal Art Garfunkel wrote and recorded the single “Hey Schoolgirl” under the name ‘Tom and Jerry’. After some failures they broke up. Simon still wrote and recorded music as ‘Tico and The Triumps’ and ‘Jerry Landis’.
He and Art Garfunkel got back together as Simon and Garfunkel and recorded “Wednesday Morning 3 a.m.”. After the commercial failure of the album they broke up again. Simon left America for England where he played in folk circuits and made a solo album. Back in America the producer of their first album, Tom Wilson, dubbed bass, electric guitar, and drums to the all acoustic song, ‘Sound of Silence’, which propelled him into the folk-rock scene. Simon and Garfunkel were back and in 1966 they had popularity with the albums “The Sound of Silence” and “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.
In the seventies Simon emerged as a singer/songwriter with albums such as Paul Simon, Still Crazy After All These Years, Hearts and Bones, Graceland, and Songs from the Capeman. Aside from music he wrote and starred in the movie One Trick Pony (1980) and reunited with friend Art Garfunkel in 1981 to give a concert in Central Park.