56 Facts About Paul Simon

1. Paul Simon is expected to both perform and sit for an interview on Monday's episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

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2. Paul Simon was a newspaper publisher, state legislator, lieutenant governor, and US representative and senator, serving a total of 22 years in Congress.

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3. Paul Simon jumped at the chance to come home when Bono—whose real name is Paul Hewson—gave him a birthday gift of VIP passes for both sold-out 3Arena gigs.

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4. In May 2012, Paul Simon performed at a benefit dinner for the Turkana Basin Institute in New York City, raising more than $2 million for Richard Leakey's research institute in Africa.

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5. Paul Simon is a major benefactor and one of the co-founders, with Dr Irwin Redlener, of the Children's Health Project and The Children's Health Fund which started by creating specially equipped "buses" to take medical care to children in medically underserved areas, urban and rural.

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6. In 2003, Paul Simon signed on as a supporter of Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization that provides free musical instruments and free lessons to children in public schools in the US He sits on the organization's board of directors as an honorary member.

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7. Paul Simon invited the six teens to experience recording at Columbia studios with engineer Roy Halee.

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8. Paul Simon has been married three times, first to Peggy Harper in 1969.

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9. In October 2011, Paul Simon was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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10. In 2010, Paul Simon received an honorary degree from Brandeis University, where he performed "The Boxer" at the main commencement ceremony.

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11. In 2006, Paul Simon was selected by Time Magazine as one of the "100 People Who Shaped the World.

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12. Paul Simon has won 12 Grammy Awards and five Album of the Year Grammy nominations, the most recent for You're the One in 2001.

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13. On September 29, 2001, Paul Simon made a special appearance on the first SNL to air after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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14. Paul Simon was the musical guest on the October 13th 2018 episode, with host Seth Meyers.

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15. Paul Simon closed the 40th anniversary SNL show on February 15, 2015, with a performance of "Still Crazy After All These Years", sans turkey outfit.

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16. Paul Simon has appeared on Saturday Night Live, either as host or musical guest, 14 times.

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17. In April 2011, Paul Simon was confirmed to appear at the Glastonbury music festival in England.

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18. Paul Simon performed a Stevie Wonder song at the White House in 2009 at an event honoring Wonder's musical career and contributions.

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19. In the late 1990s, Paul Simon wrote and produced a Broadway musical called The Capeman, which lost $11 million during its 1998 run.

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20. In the interview, Paul Simon explains the basic themes in his songwriting: love, family, and social commentary; as well as the overarching messages of religion, spirituality, and God in his lyrics.

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21. On September 7, 2018, Paul Simon released his fourteenth album, In the Blue Light, consisting of re-recordings of select lesser-known songs from his catalog, often altering their original arrangements, harmonic structures, and lyrics.

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22. On February 5, 2018, Paul Simon announced his retirement from performing in a letter to fans, citing time away from family and the death of longtime guitarist Vincent Nguini as key factors.

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23. Paul Simon worked with longtime friend Roy Halee, who is listed as co-producer on the album.

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24. Paul Simon was introduced to him by his son, Adrian, who was a fan of his work.

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25. Paul Simon collaborated with the Italian electronic dance music artist Clap! Clap! on three songs—"The Werewolf", "Street Angel", and "Wristband".

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26. On June 3, 2016 Paul Simon released his thirteenth solo studio album, Stranger to Stranger via Concord Records.

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27. On September 11, 2015, Paul Simon appeared during the premiere week of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

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28. In February 2014, Paul Simon embarked on a joint concert tour titled On Stage Together with English musician Sting, playing 21 concerts in North America.

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29. On December 19, 2012, Paul Simon performed at the funeral of Victoria Leigh Soto, a teacher killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

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30. In 1986 Paul Simon was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees.

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31. On February 26, 2012, Paul 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.

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32. Paul Simon performed the song live on The Colbert Report on December 16, 2010.

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33. On November 10, 2010, Paul Simon released a new song called "Getting Ready for Christmas Day".

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34. Paul Simon was reunited with Art Garfunkel at the first show as well as with the cast of The Capeman; playing in the band was Graceland bassist Bakithi Kumalo.

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35. In February 2009, Paul Simon performed back-to-back shows in New York City at the Beacon Theatre, which had recently been renovated.

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36. At the time, Paul Simon was already working on a new album with Brian Eno called Surprise, which was released in May 2006.

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37. In 1999, Paul Simon embarked on a North American tour with Bob Dylan, where each alternated as headline act with a "middle" section where they performed together, starting on the first of June and ending September 18.

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38. Paul Simon recorded an album of songs from the show, which was released in November 1997.

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39. Paul Simon worked enthusiastically on the project for many years and described it as "a New York Puerto Rican story based on events that happened in 1959—events that I remembered.

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40. Since the early stages of the nineties, Paul Simon was fully involved on The Capeman, a musical that finally opened on January 29, 1998.

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41. In the middle, Paul Simon embarked on the successful Born at the Right Time Tour, and promoted the album with further singles, including "Proof"—accompanied with a humorous video that again featured Chevy Chase, and added Steve Martin.

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42. At age 45, Paul Simon found himself back at the forefront of popular music.

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43. Paul Simon collaborated with several American artists, singing a memorable duet with Linda Ronstadt in "Under African Skies", and playing with Los Lobos in "All Around the World or The Myth of Fingerprints.

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44. Paul Simon travelled to South Africa to embark on further recording the album.

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45. Paul Simon pursued solo projects after Bridge over Troubled Water, reuniting occasionally with Garfunkel for various projects, such as their 1975 Top Ten single "My Little Town".

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46. That same year, Paul Simon reached No 99 on the pop charts as Jerry Landis with the novelty song "The Lone Teen Ranger.

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47. Paul 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.

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48. Paul Simon was a brother in the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, earned a degree in English literature, and briefly attended Brooklyn Law School for one semester after graduation in 1963, but his real passion was rock and roll.

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49. Paul Simon developed an interest in jazz, folk, and blues, especially in the music of Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly.

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50. Paul Simon was born on October 13, 1941, in Newark, New Jersey, to Hungarian Jewish parents.

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51. Paul Simon has earned sixteen Grammys for his solo and collaborative work, including three for Album of the Year, and a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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52. On June 3, 2016, Paul Simon released his 13th solo album, Stranger to Stranger, which debuted at No 1 on the Billboard Album Chart and the UK charts.

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53. Paul Simon wrote and starred in the film One-Trick Pony and co-wrote the Broadway musical The Capeman (1998) with the poet Derek Walcott.

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54. Paul Simon was responsible for writing nearly all of the pair's songs, including three that reached number one on the US singles charts: "The Sound of Silence", "Mrs Robinson", and "Bridge over Troubled Water".

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55. Mr Paul Simon was awarded the title of 2018 Bathurst Electorate Grandparent of the Year, and was presented the award in a surprise visit to the Seymour Centre by State Member for Bathurst Paul Toole and Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies.

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56. Paul Simon extended his point streak to five games with third goal of the season.

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