Paul Simon

New Yorker Paul Simon first burst onto the music scene as half of the popular folk duo Simon & Garfunkel. Writing the majority of the pair's world renowned songs including 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', 'The Sounds of Silence' and 'Mrs. Robinson', Simon separated from his band partner in 1970, forging a career on his own. Well loved, thanks to his stellar rise to fame, his eponymous debut solo album in 1972 was a huge success, though didn't quite reach the heights of previous singles with Garfunkel. Not to be deterred and with a further album already on the horizon, 'Still Crazy After All These Years' was released in 1975 and stormed the charts, picking up two Grammy Awards along the way. A greatest hits album came next, followed by a collaboration with James Taylor and Art Garfunkel for' What a Wonderful World'. Several years of musical experimentation ensued but his most successful foray had a more South African vibe, the 'Graceland' album in 1986, which went on to become his biggest selling album to date. He continued to experiment with world music and the success of 'The Rhythm of Saints' album in 1990 spawned a live concert in New York's Central Park in 1991 with an audience of 750,000, the largest concert audience to date. The disastrous 1998 musical 'The Capeman' led to Simon losing millions of dollars and experiencing his first flop but the noughties saw him return to his folk-rock roots and he managed to maintain his reputation and popularity among critics and fans alike. In 2000 he released 'You're the One', followed by 'Surprise' in 2006, 'So Beautiful Or So What' in 2011 and 'Stranger to Stranger' in 2016, on which he collaborated with electronic dance artist Clap! Clap!. His 14th solo album, 'In the Blue Light', was released in 2018 featuring re-recordings of lesser-known songs from his repertoire.

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