Paul Simon was born October 13 in Newark, New Jersey to parents who were both musicians and educators who greatly shaped his musical taste. Simon later met Art Garfunkel after moving to Queens New York City; their meeting led them into creating their iconic duo of Simon & Garfunkel with The Everly Brothers and Woody Guthrie also having significant influences in shaping Simon’s sound.
Paul Simon was immensely successful as a solo performer following Simon & Garfunkel’s split in 1970. In 1972, his self-titled album was an enormous hit and set the foundation for later works like “Still Crazy after All These Years,” but “Graceland,” an album inspired by South African sounds which won several awards became something even greater – Paul continues his musical legacy today by producing new material while touring around the globe.
Simon was married three times. His first was with Peggy Harper, with whom they shared Harper Simon. Later he established an intense bond with singer Edie Brickell – they went on to have three children together! Simon enjoyed longstanding friendship with Lorne Micheals (creator of “Saturday Night Live”) as well as support of various music festivals and organizations for youth education.