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Paul Simon net worth:
$45 Million

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Born Paul Frederic Simon on 13 October 1941 in Newark, New Jersey USA, to Hungarian-Jewish parents, Paul Simon is firstly a musician – famous since the early 1960s partly because his area of music involves folk, folk rock, soft rock and worldbeat – but also an excellent song writer, for many other singers as well.

So just how rich is Paul Simon? During his long career in the music industry, Paul has managed to accumulate a net worth that has been estimated at $45 million, earned with his singing partner Art Garfunkel (“Simon and Garfunkel”), and as a solo artist and song writer.

Paul Simon Net Worth $45 Million

Paul Simon’s father Louis (1916–1995) was a college professor, but also an upright bass player, and dance-band leader. His mother, Belle (1910–2007), was an elementary school teacher. Both encouraged their son in learning music, which really took-off when he met Art Garfunkel at school when they were 11, and they performed casually together at school dances. After leaving school, Paul Simon majored in English at Queen’s College, New York, while Garfunkel studied mathematics, but Paul’s real passion in those days was rock ‘n roll.

In 1964 Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel teamed together again, as Tom & Jerry. They soon changed their name to Simon and Garfunkel, and had great success around the world over the next 15 years, and reuniting for one-off concerts even until the present. Paul wrote almost all of the duo`s songs, many entering not only the US charts but also gaining them worldwide fame, for example “The Sound of Silence”, “Mrs. Robinson” and, of course, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” among many others. Consequently, Paul Simon’s net worth increased steadily through the late 60s and early 70s, after which Paul started pursuing a solo  career, releasing three albums in relatively quick succession. He was continuing to write songs, too. These activities also added considerable income to Paul Simon’s net worth.

In 1986, Paul released “Graceland”, one of his studio albums, produced following visits to South Africa and in conjunction with the native group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.  This was well received both critically and popularly, and helped Simon to add a great amount of money to his net worth. It is certainly true that this album is different: Paul`s passion and interest in South African township music contributed much to the production of this album.

Paul Simon has enlarged his net worth while working on Broadway, too. He co-produced a play named “Asinamali!” in 1987. He also performed at “Rock ‘n Roll! The First 5,000 Years” (1982), “Mike Nichols and Elaine May: Together Again on Broadway “(1992) and “The Graduate” (2002). Simon also composed and arranged the music for “The Capeman” (1998).

Paul Simon`s talent has been frequently acknowledged:  he has been rewarded with 12 Grammy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1990  Paul and Art were inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, and in 20o1 Paul was inducted again as a solo artist, a totally unique achievement. Simon also received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Music from Berklee College of Music, at which he is now a board member.

In 2006 Time Magazine  included Paul Simon in the list of “100 People Who Shaped the World”. Paul has also received the Polar Music Prize (2012), Library of Congress Gershwin Prize (2007) and in 2011, Rolling Stone magazine named Simon as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists.

As regards his personal life, Paul has been married three times, firstly to Peggy Harper in 1969, with whom he had a son, Harper Simon – currently known as a guitarist, producer, singer and songwriter – but they divorced in 1975. From 1983 to 1984 Simon was married to the author and actress Carrie Fisher, who is known for her bestselling book “Postcards from the Edge”. Since 1992, Paul has been married to folk musician Edie Brickell, and the couple has three children.


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dixie: Changing Habits 1983 TV Movie lyrics: "Bridge Over Troubled Water" / music: "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
The Greatest American Hero 1981 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rockshow 1980 Documentary writer: "Richard Cory" - uncredited
One-Trick Pony 1980 performer: "Late In The Evening", "One-Trick Pony", "How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns", "God Bless The Absentee", "Nobody", "Long Long Day", "Ace In The Hole", "Jonah", "Oh, Marion", "Soft Parachutes", "That's Why God Made The Movies" / writer: "Late In The Evening", "One-Trick Pony", "How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns", "God Bless The Absentee", "Nobody", "Long Long Day", "Ace In The Hole", "Jonah", "Oh, Marion", "Soft Parachutes", "That's Why God Made The Movies"
The Donna Summer Special 1980 TV Special writer: "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
De Mike Burstyn show 1980 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Promises in the Dark 1979 performer: "WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD"
The Late Late Lien Show 1979 TV Series writer - 1 episode
More American Graffiti 1979 writer: "Sounds of Silence"
Top of the Pops 1966-1979 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
James at 16 TV Series performer - 3 episodes, 1978 writer - 2 episodes, 1978
Coming Home 1978 writer: "Bookends" 1966
Dolly 1976 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
A Fantasy Fulfilled 1975 writer: "Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M." - uncredited
Nepal 1975 Short performer: "Graceland" - uncredited / writer: "Graceland" - uncredited
The Don Lane Show 1975 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Graham Kennedy Show 1973-1975 TV Series writer - 5 episodes
Shampoo 1975 performer: "Silent Eyes" - uncredited / writer: "Silent Eyes" - uncredited
Derrick TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1974 writer - 1 episode, 1974
The Ernie Sigley Show 1974 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Suckula 1973 performer: "Loves Me Like a Rock" - uncredited / writer: "Loves Me Like a Rock" - uncredited
Heavy Traffic 1973 "Scarborough Fair"
Voyage of the Yes 1973 TV Movie writer: "El Condor Pasa"
Rollin' on the River 1972 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Elvis on Tour 1972 Documentary writer: "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
The Virgin Rape 1971 writer: "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" - uncredited
Cucumber Castle 1970 TV Movie writer: "Mrs Robinson"
Elvis: That's the Way It Is 1970 Documentary writer: "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
Sounds Like Us 1969 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Zoo in Winter 1969 TV Movie documentary writer: "At The Zoo"
High School 1969 Documentary writer: "The Dangling Conversation" - uncredited
Jack Benny's Bag 1968 TV Special writer: "Mrs. Robinson" - uncredited
Andy Williams' Kaleidoscope Company 1968 TV Movie writer: "Mrs. Robinson", "Old Friends/Bookends Theme", "Scarborough Fair/Canticle"
Romp!!! 1968 TV Special writer: "59th Street Bridge Song Feelin' Groovy"
The Kraft Music Hall 1967 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Graduate 1967 writer: "The Sounds of Silence", "April Come She Will", "Scarborough Fair/Canticle", "Mrs. Robinson", "The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine" - uncredited
Ready, Steady, Go! 1966 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hollywood a Go Go 1965 TV Series writer - 1 episode
A Dog's Purpose 2017 writer: "April Come She Will" completed
This Is Us TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Who's Doing the Dishes? 2016 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Trolls 2016 writer: "The Sound Of Silence"
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon TV Series music - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Halt and Catch Fire TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Stranger Things 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Voice 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds 2016 Documentary writer: "Bridge over Troubled Water"
Conan TV Series writer - 1 episode, 2016 performer - 1 episode, 2011
Scandal 2014-2016 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Affair TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
The Leftovers 2015 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Scream Queens 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Program 2015/II writer: "Mrs. Robinson"
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Masters of Sex 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Saturday Night Live: 40th Anniversary Special 2015 TV Special performer: "Still Crazy After All These Years" / writer: "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover", "Still Crazy After All These Years"
The Mindy Project 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
My Old Lady 2014 performer: "Peace Like a River" / writer: "Peace Like a River"
Wild 2014/I writer: "El Condor Pasa If I Could", "Homeward Bound"
Wimbledon 2014 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Guapas 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Normal Heart 2014 TV Movie writer: "The Only Living Boy in New York"
Louie 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Independent Lens TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Avis de mistral 2014 writer: "The Sound of Silence"
My Mad Fat Diary 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
About a Boy 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Voice UK 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Wish I Was Here 2014 performer: "The Obvious Child" / writer: "The Obvious Child"
Obvious Child 2014 performer: "The Obvious Child" / writer: "The Obvious Child"
The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 writer: "Mrs. Robinson"
Family Guy 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 2013 writer: "Old Friends"
Saturday Night Live TV Series performer - 12 episodes, 1975 - 2013 writer - 12 episodes, 1975 - 2013
The Voice of the Philippines 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rude Tube TV Series 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2013
Ji zhan 2013 writer: "The Sound of Silence"
Arrested Development 2013 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2010-2013 TV Series writer - 14 episodes
One Hit Wonderland 2013 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Short Game 2013 Documentary writer: "The 59th Street Bridge Song Feelin' Groovy"
Muscle Shoals 2013 Documentary performer: "Kodachrome" / writer: "Kodachrome"
Todd's Pop Song Reviews TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
This Is 40 2012 performer: "Rewrite" / writer: "Rewrite"
Strictly Come Dancing 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Glee 2010-2012 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Sunday Brunch 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Alphas 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The X Factor 2004-2012 TV Series writer - 7 episodes
Aufgspuit! 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Watch 2012/I writer: "El Ritmo del Silencio The Sound of Silence"
Alexandra - Stimme der Sehnsucht: Der rätselhafte Tod eines Stars 2012 TV Movie documentary writer: "Mrs. Robinson" - uncredited
Willkommen Baku 2012 TV Movie performer: "The Sound Of Silence"
The Simpsons TV Series 1 episode, 1994 writer - 4 episodes, 2003 - 2012 performer - 3 episodes, 2003 - 2011
No me la puc treure del cap TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2012 performer - 1 episode, 2012
Them Idiots Whirled Tour 2012 TV Special documentary lyrics: "Bridge Over Troubled Water" / music: "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
Napoleon Dynamite TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
Celtic Woman: Believe 2012 Documentary writer: "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
Late Show with David Letterman 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Enlightened TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
The Muppets 2011 performer: "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" / writer: "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard"
Peter Gabriel: New Blood/Live in London 2011 Video "The Boy in the Bubble"
Parenthood TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2010 - 2011 performer - 1 episode, 2010
Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding 2011 writer: "The Shine"
Matzav Ha'Uma 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cecilia 2011 Short writer: "Cecilia" 1970
Dancing Stars 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Jumping the Broom 2011 writer: "Bridge over Troubled Water"
Parks and Recreation 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Idol 2003-2011 TV Series writer - 6 episodes
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon TV Series performer - 3 episodes, 2009 - 2011 writer - 3 episodes, 2009 - 2011
Like Crazy 2011 performer: "Crazy Love, Vol. II" / writer: "Crazy Love, Vol. II"
The Music Never Stopped 2011 writer: "Cecilia"
The Colbert Report TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Wishful Drinking 2010 TV Movie documentary lyrics: "Allergies", "Homeward Bound", "She Moves On" / music: "Allergies", "Homeward Bound", "She Moves On" / performer: "Hearts and Bones" / writer: "Hearts and Bones"
Dancing with the Stars 2005-2010 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
One Tree Hill 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Saturday Night Live in the 2000s: Time and Again 2010 TV Special documentary performer: "The Boxer" / writer: "The Boxer"
Dancing on Ice 2010 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Un novio de mierda 2010 Short writer: "The Sound of Silence"
Coyote 2010/II Short performer: "Run That Body Down" / writer: "Run That Body Down"
Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief 2010 TV Movie documentary writer: "Time To Love / Bridge Over Troubled Water"
Gums & Guts 2009 Short writer: "Mrs. Robinson"
Obvious Child 2009 Short performer: "The Obvious Child"
Electric Dreams 2009 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Ruby & the Rockits TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Taking Woodstock 2009 writer: "America"
Banda sonora 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Life on Mars TV Series writer - 3 episodes, 2008 - 2009 performer - 1 episode, 2008
Eastbound & Down 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Brothers & Sisters 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Watchmen 2009 writer: "The Sound of Silence"
(500) Days of Summer 2009 writer: "Bookends"
Rage TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
My Name Is Earl 2008 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
New York, I Love You 2008 writer: "The Only Living Boy in New York" 1970
60/90 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
My Mom's New Boyfriend 2008 writer: "Mrs. Robinson"
The Wrecking Crew! 2008 Documentary writer: "Mrs. Robinson"
The Dreamer 2008/II Short writer: "The Boxer"
Por Toda Minha Vida 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Classic Artists: Yes 2007 Video documentary writer: "America"
The Sopranos TV Series writer - 3 episodes, 2000 - 2007 performer - 1 episode, 2000
Sicko 2007 Documentary writer: "The 59th Street Bridge Song Feelin' Groovy"
Ten Years After (A Short Life Story) 2007 Video short performer: "Slip Slidin' Away" / writer: "Slip Slidin' Away"
Starmania. Österreich sucht den neuen Star 2006-2007 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Choir TV Mini-Series documentary lyrics - 2 episodes, 2006 music - 2 episodes, 2006
The Pursuit of Happyness 2006 writer: "Bridge Over Troubled Water" 1969
The Holiday 2006 writer: "Mrs. Robinson" 1967
How Music Works 2006 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
20 to 1 2006 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
10 Items or Less 2006 performer: "Duncan" / writer: "Duncan"
Bobby 2006 writer: "The Sound of Silence"
Aloha from Sweden 2006 Video writer: "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
John Tucker Must Die 2006 writer: "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"
Gilmore Girls 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Kupetzky 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas 2006 writer: "The 59th Street Bridge Song Feelin' Groovy"
Annapolis 2006 writer: "The Boxer" - uncredited
Rumor Has It... 2005 writer: "Mrs. Robinson"
Movie Music Mania 2005 TV Movie documentary writer: "Mrs. Robinson"
Zathura: A Space Adventure 2005 performer: "Loves Me Like a Rock" / writer: "Loves Me Like a Rock"
Idol 2004-2005 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
L'anniversaire 2005 performer: "Bookends" / writer: "Bookends" - as P. Simon
Remedy Live 2005 Video writer: "America/ Southern Solo"
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live 2005 TV Special documentary performer: "Still Crazy After All These Years" uncredited, "Here Comes the Sun" / writer: "Still Crazy After All These Years" - uncredited
CHIKARA Tag World Grand Prix 2005, Night 1 2005 Video performer: "You Can Call Me Al" / writer: "You Can Call Me Al"
Homo Boulderiens 2004 Short writer: "I am a Rock"
Desperate Housewives 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Australian Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Delphinsommer 2004 TV Movie writer: "Scarborough Fair/ Canticle"
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 2004 writer: "Red Rubber Ball"
A Home at the End of the World 2004 performer: "Me & Julio Down by the Schoolyard" / writer: "Me & Julio Down by the Schoolyard"
Raising Helen 2004 writer: "At The Zoo"
Simon and Garfunkel: Old Friends - Live on Stage 2004 Video "Cathy's Song" / performer: "Hey, Schoolgirl In the Second Row", "Bye Bye Love" / writer: "America" instrumental, "Old Friends", "A Hazy Shade of Winter", "I Am a Rock", "America", "At the Zoo/Baby Driver", "Cathy's Song", "Hey, Schoolgirl In the Second Row", "Homeward Bound", "The Sound of Silence", "Mrs. Robinson", "Slip Slidin' Away", "El Condor Pasa", "Keep the Customer Satisfied", "The Only Living Boy in New York", "American Tune", "My Little Town", "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Ceci
Paternal Instinct 2004 Documentary writer: "Cecilia"
Cold Case TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2004 writer - 1 episode, 2004
Garden State 2004 writer: "The Only Living Boy in New York" 1970
Idol stjörnuleit 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Homenaje a Sergio 2003 TV Movie writer: "Puente sobre aguas turbulentas Bridge Over Troubled Water"
Something's Gotta Give 2003 performer: "Learn How to Fall" / writer: "Learn How to Fall"
High Chaparall TV Series documentary lyrics - 1 episode, 2003 music - 1 episode, 2003
Skeppsholmen TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2003 music - 1 episode, 2003 performer - 1 episode, 2003
I Love the '80s Strikes Back TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2003 writer - 1 episode, 2003
Idols 2003 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Fighting Temptations 2003 "Loves Me Like A Rock"
Janis et John 2003 writer: "Janie Jones"
Intolerable Cruelty 2003 writer: "The Boxer" 1968, "Bridge over Troubled Water" 1969, "April Come She Will" 1966, "Punky's Dilemma" 1967
Lost in Translation 2003 writer: "Scarborough Fair/Canticle" 1966
Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast 2003 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2003 TV Special performer: "Father and Daughter" / writer: "Father and Daughter"
Old School 2003 writer: "The Sound of Silence"
The Boys of 2nd Street Park 2003 TV Movie documentary performer: "Adios Hermanos", "Quiet" / writer: "Adios Hermanos", "Quiet"
Stella Shorts 1998-2002 2002 Video writer: "America"
Maid in Manhattan 2002 performer: "Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard" / writer: "Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard", "Kathy's Song"
American Dreams 2002 TV Series writer: "The Sound Of Silence"
The Wild Thornberrys Movie 2002 performer: "Father and Daughter" / producer: "Father and Daughter" / writer: "Father and Daughter"
40 Days and 40 Nights 2002 writer: "Loves Me Like a Rock"
The Royal Tenenbaums 2001 performer: "Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard" / writer: "Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard"
Brown Eyed Girl 2001 Short writer: "The 59th Street Bridge Song Feelin' Groovy"
Barend en Van Dorp TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2001 writer - 1 episode, 2001
American Pie 2 2001 writer: "Mrs. Robinson"
Boston Public 2001 TV Series writer - 1 episode
3000 Miles to Graceland 2001 "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"
Yes: Keys to Ascension 2001 Video writer: "America"
Tadpole 2000 writer: "The Only Living Boy In New York" 1970
Curb Your Enthusiasm 2000 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Almost Famous 2000 writer: "America"
Space Cowboys 2000 writer: "STILL CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS"
Loser 2000 writer: "Scarborough Fair/Canticle"
The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle 2000 writer: "America"
ER 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
MTV Unplugged: Ballads 2000 Video short performer: "Still Crazy After All These Years" / writer: "Still Crazy After All These Years"
Girl, Interrupted 1999 writer: "Bookends"
American Pie 1999 writer: "Mrs. Robinson"
The Other Sister 1999 writer: "Mrs. Robinson"
The '60s 1999 TV Movie writer: "America", "Bookends Theme"
Bette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas 1997 TV Special documentary writer: "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1993-1997 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Fox After Breakfast 1996 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mother 1996/II "Mrs. Robinson"
Kingpin 1996 writer: "The Sound of Silence"
Die Harald Schmidt Show 1996 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Forrest Gump 1994 "Mrs. Robinson" 1967
Cops and Robbersons 1994 performer: "Kodachrome" / writer: "Kodachrome"
American Masters 1994 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Daai foo ji ga 1994 performer: "April Come She Will" / writer: "April Come She Will"
Florida Lady TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1994 writer - 1 episode, 1994
Wayne's World 2 1993 "MRS. ROBINSON"
Rhythm & Jam 1993 TV Mini-Series writer: "Diamonds On The Soles of Her Shoes"
Coneheads 1993 performer: "Kodachrome" / writer: "Kodachrome"
Marienhof 1992 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1976 - 1992 performer - 1 episode, 1992
Palm Harbor Vice 1991 writer: "A Hazy Shade of Winter"
Sing Yourself Silly! 1990 Video short performer: "Put Down the Duckie" 1986 - uncredited
The Wonder Years TV Series writer - 3 episodes, 1989 performer - 2 episodes, 1989
Depeche Mode: 101 1989 Documentary writer: "Bridge Over Troubled Waters"
Sesame Street, Special 1988 TV Movie performer: "Put Down the Duckie", "Put Down the Duckie Reprise"
Less Than Zero 1987 writer: "A Hazy Shade Of Winter"
Ishtar 1987 lyrics: "Brdige Over Troubled Water" / music: "Brdige Over Troubled Water"
It's Garry Shandling's Show. 1986 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Paul Simon: You Can Call Me Al 1986 Video short performer: "You Can Call Me Al" / writer: "You Can Call Me Al"
Better Off Dead... 1985 performer: "Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover" / writer: "Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover"
A Chipmunk Reunion 1985 TV Movie writer: "Mother and Child Reunion"
We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song 1985 TV Movie documentary "We Are the World", uncredited
Fame 1985 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Ratings Game 1984 TV Movie writer: "Sounds of Silence"
Hittimittari 1984 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Still the Beaver 1983 TV Movie writer: "At The Zoo"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Horace and Pete 2016 TV Mini-Series Leon's Friend
The Garden's Defining Moments 2015 TV Mini-Series
Portlandia 2015 TV Series Paul Simon
Henry & Me 2014 Thurmon Munson (voice)
The Great Buck Howard 2008 Grateful Old Performer (uncredited)
Millennium 1999 TV Series John Dryden
Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme 1990 TV Movie Simple Simon
Paul Simon: You Can Call Me Al 1986 Video short
One-Trick Pony 1980 Jonah
The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash 1978 TV Movie Paul Simon - Interviewee
Annie Hall 1977 Tony Lacey

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Horace and Pete 2016 TV Mini-Series 1 episode
The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg Deluxe Set 2008 Documentary
The Wild Thornberrys Movie 2002
The Statue of Liberty 1985 Documentary
One-Trick Pony 1980
Shampoo 1975

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Disturbed: The Sound of Silence 2015 Video short
Simon and Garfunkel: Old Friends - Live on Stage 2004 Video
One-Trick Pony 1980
The Paul Simon Special 1977 TV Special

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wo ai chu fang 1997 soundtrack
The Graduate 1967 songs by

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Harmony Game 2011 Documentary executive producer
Simon and Garfunkel: Songs of America 1969 TV Movie producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Old Lady 2014 special thanks
Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle 2012 Documentary special thanks: funding
Mama Africa 2011 Documentary thanks
Like Crazy 2011 special thanks
The Music Never Stopped 2011 special thanks
Lost in Translation 2003 thanks
Tadpole 2000 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
CBS News Sunday Morning 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
Austin City Limits 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
Skavlan 2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
Today 2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
Paul Simon at the NY Auto Show 2016 Video short Himself
American Masters 1993-2016 TV Series documentary Himself
The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song: Willie Nelson 2016 TV Movie Himself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2015 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Welcome to Sweden 2015 TV Series Himself
Live from New York! 2015 Documentary Himself - Featuring
Saturday Night Live: 40th Anniversary Special 2015 TV Special Himself
Conan 2011-2014 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Saturday Night Live 1975-2013 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest / Himself / Himself - Host / ...
Aaron Neville: Doo Wop - My True Story 2013 TV Movie Himself
Under African Skies 2012 Documentary Himself
Paul Simon: Live at Webster Hall, New York 2011 TV Movie Himself
9/11 Memorial from Ground Zero, Tenth Anniverary 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself - Singer
Glastonbury 2011 2011 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2009-2011 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest / Himself
The 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2011 TV Movie Himself
The Harmony Game 2011 Documentary Himself
The Colbert Report 2008-2010 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education 2010 TV Movie Himself
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2010 TV Series Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mike Nichols 2010 TV Movie Himself (as Simon & Garfunkel)
The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert 2009 TV Special Himself
Stevie Wonder: In Performance at the White House - The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize 2009 TV Special Himself
The Dixie Hummingbirds: 80 Years Young 2008 Documentary Himself
Talking Guitars 2007 Documentary Himself
Charlie Rose 1998-2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
Paul Simon: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song 2007 TV Special Performer
Live from Abbey Road 2007 TV Series Performer
We Are Together (Thina Simunye) 2006 Documentary Himself
Iconoclasts 2006 TV Series documentary
Parkinson 2000-2006 TV Series Himself - Performer
Late Show with David Letterman 1993-2006 TV Series Himself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2006 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest / Himself
Later... With Jools Holland 2006 TV Series Himself
Herbie Hancock: Possibilities 2006 Documentary Himself
B InTune TV 2006 TV Series Himself - Guest Star
Corazón de... 2005 TV Series Himself
Mississippi Rising 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Mark Twain Prize: Lorne Michaels 2004 TV Movie Himself - Performer
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs: America's Greatest Music in the Movies 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Simon and Garfunkel: Old Friends - Live on Stage 2004 Video Himself - Vocals-Guitar
Entertainment Tonight 2003 TV Series Himself
Willie Nelson & Friends: Live and Kickin' 2003 TV Special Himself
Great Performances 2000-2003 TV Series Himself
The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2003 TV Special Himself - Performer: 'Father and Daughter'
The 45th Annual Grammy Awards 2003 TV Special Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 2002 TV Movie Himself - Honoree
Muhammad Ali's All-Star 60th Birthday Celebration! 2002 TV Special Himself
America: A Tribute to Heroes 2001 TV Special documentary Himself - Performer
An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself - Performer
The 43rd Annual Grammy Awards 2001 TV Special Himself - Recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award
CNN World Beat 2001 TV Series Himself
On Tiptoe: Gentle Steps to Freedom 2000 Short documentary
On Tiptoe: The Music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo 2000 Documentary Himself
MTV Unplugged: Ballads 2000 Video short Himself
Saturday Night Live 25 1999 TV Special documentary Himself (uncredited)
The 52nd Annual Tony Awards 1998 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Original Score
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1997 TV Series Himself
Classic Albums 1997 TV Series documentary Himself
The Best of Ladysmith Black Mambazo 1997 Video Himself
We Are the World: A 10th Anniversary Tribute 1995 TV Special
We Love You Like a Rock: The Dixie Hummingbirds 1994 Documentary Himself
Rhythm & Jam 1993 TV Mini-Series Himself
Willie Nelson: The Big Six-0 1993 TV Special documentary Himself
Hurricane Relief 1992 TV Movie documentary Himself - Performer
The Howard Stern Show 1992 TV Series Himself
The 34th Annual Grammy Awards 1992 TV Special Himself - Performer
Sesame Street 1989-1992 TV Series Himself
Paul Simon's Concert in the Park 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Simple Truth: A Concert for Kurdish Refugees 1991 TV Movie Himself
Going Live! 1990 TV Series Himself
American Tribute to Vaclav Havel and a Celebration of Democracy in Czechoslovakia 1990 TV Movie Himself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars 1989 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary 1989 TV Special Himself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Journey of Dreams 1988 Video Himself (uncredited)
Omnibus 1988 TV Series documentary Himself
Sesame Street, Special 1988 TV Movie Himself (segment "Put Down the Duckie")
1987 Power Hits: New Year's Eve Countdown 1987 TV Special
Graceland: The African Concert 1987 Video Himself
Paul Simon, Graceland: The African Concert 1987 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 29th Annual Grammy Awards 1987 TV Special Himself - Performer
Late Night with David Letterman 1982-1987 TV Series Himself
Cinemax Sessions 1987 TV Series Himself
19th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1987 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Brit Awards 1987 1987 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best International Solo Artist
MusiCalifornia 1987 TV Series Himself
Homage to Steve 1986 TV Movie documentary Himself
1986 World Series 1986 TV Mini-Series Himself
The 28th Annual Grammy Awards 1986 TV Special Himself
Harry Belafonte in Concert 1985 TV Special Himself
We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song 1985 TV Movie documentary Himself
Album Flash 1984 TV Series documentary Himself / Interviewed
The New Show 1984 TV Series Himself / Abe Lincoln
The Concert in Central Park 1982 TV Movie documentary Himself
Music Central 1981 TV Movie Himself
Live from Studio 8H: 100 Years of America's Popular Music 1981 TV Special
The 23rd Annual Grammy Awards 1981 TV Special Himself - Host
Aplauso 1980 TV Series Himself
The Muppet Show 1980 TV Series Himself - Special Guest Star
Solid Gold 1980 TV Series Himself
The Midnight Special 1980 TV Series Himself
The 22nd Annual Grammy Awards 1980 TV Special Himself
Paul Simon: Live at the Tower Theatre 1980 1980 Video Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1979 TV Special Himself - Honoree
The Mike Douglas Show 1978 TV Series Himself - Vocalist
The Paul Simon Special 1977 TV Special Himself
The 19th Annual Grammy Awards 1977 TV Special Himself
The 17th Annual Grammy Awards 1975 TV Special Himself
The 16th Annual Grammy Awards 1974 TV Special Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1967-1971 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Simon and Garfunkel: Songs of America 1969 TV Movie Himself
Monterey Pop 1968 Documentary Performers (as Simon and Garfunkel)
Andy Williams' Kaleidoscope Company 1968 TV Movie Himself (as Simon & Garfunkel)
The Fred Astaire Show 1968 TV Movie Himself (as Simon & Garfunkel)
The Kraft Music Hall 1968 TV Series Himself
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1967 TV Series Himself
Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel 1967 TV Movie Himself
The Red Skelton Hour 1966 TV Series Himself - Guest Vocalist
The Ed Sullivan Show 1966 TV Series Himself - Singer
Shivaree 1966 TV Series Himself
Stramash! 1965 TV Series Himself
Ready, Steady, Go! 1965 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Biggest Band Breakups and Make Ups 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself
Saturday Night Live: Thanksgiving Special 2014 TV Special Himself (segment "Paul Simon Monologue")
Saturday Night Live: Thanksgiving 2013 TV Special Turkey (uncredited)
Rock Legends 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
The Nation's Favourite Number 1 Single 2012 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Alexandra - Stimme der Sehnsucht: Der rätselhafte Tod eines Stars 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Willkommen Baku 2012 TV Movie Himself
The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2012 TV Movie Himself
No me la puc treure del cap 2012 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live Backstage 2011 TV Special documentary Himself
Mama Africa 2011 Documentary Himself
Saturday Night Live in the 2000s: Time and Again 2010 TV Special documentary Himself
Muppets 201: Rarities from the Henson Vault 2009 Documentary Himself
Banda sonora 2009 TV Series Himself
60/90 2008 TV Series Himself
The O'Reilly Factor 2008 TV Series Himself
20 to 1 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
First Light: Montauk Point Lighthouse 2006 Video documentary Himself
Corazón de... 2005 TV Series Himself
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live 2005 TV Special documentary Himself
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Tom Hanks 2004 TV Special Himself
101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments 2004 TV Movie Himself
Andy Williams: My Favorite Duets 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Simon and Garfunkel)
I Love the '80s Strikes Back 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
American Bandstand's 50th Anniversary Celebration 2002 TV Movie Himself
ESPN SportsCentury 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Saturday Night Live Christmas 1999 Video Dave
SNL: 25 Years of Music 1999 TV Movie Himself
Rock & Roll 1995 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Great Performances 1994 TV Series Himself
All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! 1994 TV Special Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1992 TV Series Himself
60 Minutes: The Entertainers 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Robin Williams 1991 Video documentary Himself / Various Characters
Top of the Pops 1990 TV Series Himself
Sing Yourself Silly! 1990 Video short Himself
Muppet Video: Muppet Treasures 1985 Video Himself
Muppet Video: Rock Music with the Muppets 1985 Video Himself
Numéro 1 1976 TV Series Himself
Beat! Beat! Beat! 1967 TV Series Himself - Musician
Beat-Club 1966 TV Series Himself - Musician

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Choice Award Cleveland International Film Festival Best Film · Joe Berlinger
2012 Audience Award Encounters South African International Documentary Festival Best International Film Under African Skies (2012) · Joe Berlinger
2012 Impact of Music Award Nashville Film Festival Under African Skies (2012) · Joe Berlinger
2011 Achievement Award Newport Beach Film Festival Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Music Under African Skies (2012) · Joe Berlinger
2008 TV Land Award TV Land Awards Most Memorable SNL Musical Guest Saturday Night Live (1975) · Art Garfunkel
1978 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Special The Paul Simon Special (1977) · Lorne Michaels (writer)
· Chevy Chase (writer)
· Tom Davis (writer)
· Al Franken (writer)
· Charles Grodin (writer)
· Lily Tomlin (writer)
· Alan Zweibel (writer)
1969 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture The Graduate (1967) · Dave Grusin

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 New York Emmy New York Emmy Awards Arts: Program/Special The Game 365 (2006) · Roman Gackowski (director)
· Fran Healy (host)
· Dan Galway (producer)
· Chris Kostianis (director of photography)
· Filipe Deandrade (camera)
· Charlie Tabano (editor)
2003 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Original Song The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002)
2003 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Song - Motion Picture The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002)
2003 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Song The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002)
2003 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Original Song The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002)
1996 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Original Song The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)
1981 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special One-Trick Pony (1980)


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#Fact
1 Was in the fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi in college with Art Garfunkel.
2 He is a good friend of Peter Gabriel. Both were recognized by critics for their efforts in the 1980s to use their popularity to bring "world music" to a much bigger audience in the West. Simon covered Gabriel's song "Biko" - about a murdered black rights activist from South Africa - for Gabriel's tribute album "And I'll Scratch Yours", released in 2013.
3 Honorary member of Saturday Night Live (1975) "5-timers club", for those who have hosted "SNL" five times, even though he's only hosted four times.
4 Like Steve Martin, Loren Michaels and Mike Nichols, Simon has had his portrait painted by artist Eric Fischl.
5 Graduated from Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY).
6 Even after their divorce in 1983, he and Carrie Fisher continued to date for 8 more years before finally breaking up in 1991.
7 He admits he is a highly competitive person, which has colored his relationship with Bob Dylan. He was regularly compared (sometimes unfavorably) to Dylan in the 1960s and responded by disparaging Dylan in the press and even putting out a fairly explicit Dylan put-down song "A Simple Desultory Philippic (or How I Was Robert McNamara'd into Submission)". He has since been more friendly towards Dylan, even going on tour with him once.
8 The song, "Scarborough Fair/Canticles", from Simon & Garfunkel's multi-million selling "Parsley Sage Rosemary And Thyme" (1966) album contains a counterpoint melody with anti-war lyrics. The alternate melody and verse were removed when the song was issued as a single in 1967. That is the version that is most heard and performed today, though the original "Canticles " version can still be heard in the soundtrack of The Graduate (1967).
9 Awarded the first Gershwin Prize for Popular Music in 2007 by the Library of Congress.
10 Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1982.
11 Winner of the British Phonographic Industry Award for International Solo Artist in 1987 following the success of his multi-million selling album "Graceland".
12 The "sleepy boy" he sings about in his song St. Judy's Comet (from the album There Goes Rhymin' Simon) is his son Harper.
13 Was nominated for Broadway's 1998 Tony Award as Best Original Musical Score for "The Capeman," his music with lyrics by Derek Walcott.
14 Is a long-time friend of fellow New Yorker Lorne Michaels, which has led to Simon and/or his songs appearing in numerous Michaels productions, including Saturday Night Live (1975) (several appearances as both host and musical guest); The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978) (brief appearance); and Coneheads (1993) (song "Kodachrome"). Michaels has also produced several of Simon's specials, including: The Paul Simon Special (1977); The Concert in Central Park (1982)_; and American Masters: Paul Simon: Born at the Right Time (1993).
15 Opened the first Saturday Night Live (1975) episode after the September 11th attacks, with his song "The Boxer", following this was the infamous exchange between Rudy Giuliani and Lorne Michaels, where Michaels asked if it was okay to be funny.
16 Simon & Garfunkel were voted the 40th Greatest Artists in Rock 'n' Roll by Rolling Stone.
17 Is left-handed, but plays guitar right-handed.
18 Attended a recording session in 1974 with Art Garfunkel, former The Beatles John Lennon, and singer Harry Nilsson. Lennon directed the session, and he and Simon reportedly clashed on Simon's cue in the song, leading to Simon's walking out (with Garfunkel close behind, making apologies) before anything was recorded.
19 Didn't want to return to the US from England, where he was enjoying success with his solo album there, but Columbia Records invoked the letter of his and Art Garfunkel's recording contract, forcing him to come back. (His UK album went out of print, and was only reissued in 2004.)
20 Wrote the song "The Only Living Boy In New York" about Art Garfunkel getting his role in Catch-22 (1970).
21 One of the few artists from his generation to own all the songs he's written.
22 Is a Life member of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity
23 Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 (as a solo artist).
24 Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of Simon & Garfunkel) in 1990.
25 Designated a Kennedy Center Honors recipient for 2002 to replace Paul McCartney. McCartney had originally accepted the award, but later withdrew because of a "personal scheduling conflict"--the wedding of his niece.
26 Is good friends with Chevy Chase. The two worked together on Saturday Night Live (1975). Chase has appeared in The Paul Simon Special (1977) and Simon's music videos "You Can Call Me Al" and (alongside Steve Martin) "Proof".
27 Asked if there were any songs he'd written that he now regrets recording, he said no. However, he does say he'd hate to be remembered for the song "Feelin' Groovy".
28 Generally considers his solo work, especially the albums "Graceland" (1986) and "The Rhythm of the Saints" (1990), to be superior to his work with Simon & Garfunkel.
29 Once co-hosted Saturday Night Live (1975) with like-named U.S. Senator Paul Simon.
30 Father of Harper Simon, from his first marriage.
31 Former son-in-law of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. Former brother-in-law of Todd Fisher. Former half-brother-in-law of Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher.
32 After his breakup with Carrie Fisher, he was depressed for two years. In 1985 his comeback album "Graceland" included songs about her.
33 Was slated to play Dunbar in Catch-22 (1970) before the character was dropped.
34 Married to Edie Brickell with whom he has three children: Adrian Edward (born December 1992), Lulu (born April 1995) and Gabriel Elijah (born May 1998).
35 He co-wrote the song "Red Rubber Ball" with Bruce Woodley of The Seekers. The song was recorded by The Cyrkle, who had a big it with it, as well as The Seekers.
36 Before finding fame as a singer/songwriter under his real name, Paul Simon had a handful of minor hit singles under two psuedonyms. The best known psuedonym is "Jerry Landis", a name Simon initially used as a member of the duo "Tom and Jerry"; he also issued some solo material under this name. When the hits as "Landis" stopped coming, he changed his stage name to "Tico", and made some very minor chart entries as a member of "Tico & The Triumphs".
37 Released non-charting singles using the names "True Taylor" (in 1958) and "Paul Kane" (in 1963). Also wrote songs for other artists under the name "Jerry Landis", and released a few singles using that name. He later used the name "Tico" and had some minor hit singles as "Tico & The Triumphs".
38 He and Art Garfunkel sang and wrote songs under the name "Tom and Jerry" in the late 1950s.

#Quote
1 Look at what we did to the planet. We ruined the planet. Take away the human beings and all their inventions and all the stuff we've made and the mess we make and you've got a much cleaner planet. It would be a lot healthier than it is right now. Would life be better for a zebra without mankind? Absolutely. Would it be better for the trees? Absolutely.
2 I really wanted to get off Warner Bros. I didn't think they understood what I was doing on the last couple of albums. They just wanted me to make hit singles, which is not really possible for me. It would be a fluke if I had a hit single. I don't make that kind of music anymore.
3 I think "Graceland" was remarkable in two different ways. One, it was a very interesting artistic leap that combined cultures in a way that was accessible and gave people great joy and insight into another country. It was very successful as a marriage of different cultures, which is not easy to do. The other thing is it provoked a really interesting political discussion, which really came down to how effective is a cultural boycott if the people that it's affecting most are the people who are being oppressed? And that eventually turned people away from the cultural boycott as a tool of fighting that particular kind of oppression, because it wasn't an efficient tool. It didn't do the job. It did the opposite. "Graceland" was the catalyst that got people into that discussion. It was really Hugh Masekela who focused that discussion and said, "Hey, this is a good thing for South Africa. We want our music out there."
4 When I listened to what popular music was in South Africa, it wasn't political music.
5 I think if you have the gift of writing a political song, like those early Bob Dylan songs that were political, it's a gift to be able to write that kind of song. Phil Ochs had it, too. But most other people really couldn't. So you get "Eve of Destruction" or other imitations of those really good songs and it makes it seem like it's frivolous. So you stay in your own world. Somebody said, "If I went to South Africa I certainly wouldn't come back and write a song like 'You Can Call Me Al'." But "You Can Call Me Al" was a pretty interesting song. It starts off and it's about somebody who's completely self-involved and travels to a place where he becomes aware of the universe and the whole world from the experience he has. And essentially that was the gift of "Graceland", as opposed to it tearing down the walls of apartheid. It showed people, it was inspiring without being didactic. And the criticism was, "You have a responsibility to be didactic."
6 Nobody says you should stop painting when you're 60. Nobody says you should stop writing novels when you're 60. Nobody says that B.B. King should stop playing the blues. So The Rolling Stones go out there and people call them dinosaurs and they say, "What are you talking about? We're reinventing what you can do at our age and if you don't like it, OK, but don't try to stop us."
7 I like to reinvent the old material, take the songs somewhere they maybe haven't been.
8 I'm just an artist, because that's my personality trait, a characteristic of how my brain works. I can't figure out a lot of things, I'm not a computer scientist. This is who I am. This is what I do. I make up songs and I try to make them as interesting as possible.
9 The public will always find the artists it needs.
10 What I'm thinking about now and what I'm talking about is really not for a huge audience. It would be unusual to find anybody at my age who is selling enormous amounts of records to the record-buying public.
11 I'm generally enthusiastic when I'm working and when I immediately finish I'm enthusiastic. Shortly after that I don't want to hear it. It's always been my way. It's such an intense process for me and the process itself can take so long, and I get into it so completely, that by the time I've finished a piece of work I'm really finished with it. I'm done. What happens then is I don't do anything for usually a year or so.
12 I started to build the albums around rhythms in response to my frustration with the album that preceded "Graceland", which was "Hearts and Bones". I felt with that album that I had written some songs that were better than the tracks that went on the album. I couldn't get things to fit together, so I ended up changing the songs to fit the tracks and then I thought, "My demo was better than this". So with "Graceland" I thought I'll just make tracks that I really like and then I'll write the songs, the words, and if I don't like what they sound like set to the music I'd throw things out and start again, which on a couple of occasions I did.
13 [on recording "Graceland" in South Africa] I did not set out to make a political statement. I was making a cultural statement with political implications.
14 If a song lives for a couple of years, it's a pretty good thing.
15 Brian Wilson is a couple of years younger than I am - but not many - and his stuff is still interesting. The same goes for Tom Waits. There are other people doing interesting work, but the people doing it aren't coming from the same history of enormous popular success that I've had. There's a certain expectation that I'm going to reach the level I was at back when I was enormously successful. That may be impossible to do at this point.
16 Dylan [Bob Dylan] frequently reinvents himself, and at a very sophisticated level. Nobody ever did it better. That's his real genius. He's still interesting. "Love and Theft" is a fascinating record.
17 I don't see much truth in laurels, period. The forces of habit make you go on. There's an internal engine that's been running since I was 14; I keep an ear out to see if it's still purring and it is. It chronically purrs. Music making is who you are and it doesn't go away. If you love to play music, you're lucky.
18 The public hungers to see talented young people kill themselves.

#Trademark
1 His sweet singing voice
2 His diminutive stature
3 His critically acclaimed musical talent of combining melody with literate songwriting
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