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56 Facts About Paul Simon
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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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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17. In April 2011, Paul Simon was confirmed to appear at the Glastonbury music festival in England.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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50. Paul Simon was born on October 13, 1941, in Newark, New Jersey, to Hungarian Jewish parents.
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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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