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30 Years Ago: Paul Simon Releases ‘Hearts and Bones’

For a good long while, everything Paul Simon touched turned to gold or platinum, first during his years as one-half of Simon & Garfunkel, and continuing through a string of successful solo albums. But by the early '80s, he'd hit a bit of a rough spot.

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Elton John, Paul Simon + More Raise $80 Million at Benefit

Elton John and Paul Simon were among the stars who helped raise more than $80 million at a benefit held Monday night (May 13) in New York City. Bono and Sting also were on hand at the 25th anniversary Robin Hood Foundation gala at Jacob Javits Center.

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40 Years Ago: Paul Simon Launches First Solo Tour

On May 6, 1973  in Boston, Paul Simon kicked off his first tour as a solo artist. He and longtime partner in musical splendor Art Garfunkel parted ways in 1970 following a highly successful run as pop's premier duo. The Simon & Garfunkel musical relationship dated back to 1957 as Tom & Jerry, but it wasn't until the 1965 single of 'The Sounds Of Silence' that the gates swung open. Their final album, 'Bridge Over Troubled Water,' was released in early 1970, and despite its huge success, time had frayed the duo and they split.

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40 Years Ago: Paul Simon’s ‘There Goes Rhymin’ Simon’ Released

After spending several years dabbling in global rhythms and songforms -- and kicking off his solo career in the wake of Simon & Garfunkel's dissolution -- Paul Simon returned to his American roots for his second solo album, 1973's 'There Goes Rhymin' Simon,' resulting in one of the biggest hits of his career.

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Paul Simon Performs at Funeral for Slain Newtown Teacher Victoria Soto

Paul Simon joined mourners for the funeral of slain Sandy Hook Elementary first grade teacher Victoria Soto on Wednesday (Dec. 19). According to the New York Daily News, the singer picked up his guitar with no introduction and performed 'The Sound of Silence' midway through the memorial service for the 27-year-old, to her gathered family and friends. It was Soto's favorite song. Afterward, he returned to his seat without applause, "just a hushed and reverent silence."

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Paul Simon, ‘Live in New York City’ – Album Review

‘So Beautiful or So What,’ the album Paul Simon released last year, was his best in two decades. It’s funny, smart, tuneful and, most of all, personal. Simon has never shied away from revealing too much. Going all the way back to Simon and Garfunkel’s earliest recordings, and continuing throughout his solo albums, the singer-songwriter finds universal truths through his own relationships.

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Paul Simon to Release ‘Live in New York City’ Concert Film

On Sept. 18, Paul Simon will release ‘Live in New York City,’ a document of his June 2011 performance at historic Webster Hall in Greenwich Village. The set, which aired on PBS last December, will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and a 2 CD/1-DVD package.

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Paul Simon Says He Won’t Record With Art Garfunkel Again

Simon and Garfunkel will not record again, according to Paul Simon. Speaking to Rebecca Jones of BBC Radio 4′s ‘Today‘ program, Simon said that a problem with Art Garfunkel’s vocal chords has affected his ability to sing in the middle of his range.

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Paul Simon Wins Polar Music Prize

Congratulations to Paul Simon for nabbing the 2012 Polar Music Prize, which is awarded annually in Sweden to one contemporary artist and to one classical artist. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma grabbed the award on the classical side.

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Paul Simon Teams Up With Wynton Marsalis for New York Concert

Build yourself a musical career as lengthy as Paul Simon‘s and chances are, you’ll eventually lose track of how many shows you’ve played, and the performances of your greatest hits will start to blur together. But every so often, a special show comes along — as Simon demonstrated last week when he delved into his songbook with the aid of some very special guests.

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Paul Simon to Feature ‘Graceland’ Musicians at London Festival

As Paul Simon marks the 25th anniversary of his landmark ‘Graceland’ album, he’ll also be part of this summer’s Hard Rock Calling Festival in London’s Hyde Park.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Paul Simon

Many a musician would give their left arm and any necessary collateral materials to have a career like the one that Paul Simon has enjoyed. He found huge success as one half of Simon & Garfunkel and went on to have an equally fruitful solo career after the pairing dissolved. Today, at age 70, Simon is still creatively juiced, having released his most recent album 'So Beautiful Or So What' to positive fanfare from both critics and fans alike. Here's a look at 10 things you might be surprised to learn about Paul Simon.

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