Happy Birthday Paul Simon: Celebrating the Iconic Musician on His 80th

by Brianna Vacca

Still crazy after all these years. Today, music legend Paul Simon is celebrating his 80th birthday.

Paul Frederic Simon, born October 13th, 1941, has had an eventful musical journey that has spanned over six decades. His musical legacy details a lot, and more is still to come. Accredited as one of the best singer + songwriters of his generation, Simon formed the iconic, duo Simon & Garfunkel in 1965. His song “Mrs. Robinson,’ still highly played today, is named in the Top Ten of The American Film Institute’s 100 Years 100 songs.

He has 12 Grammy Awards. “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Graceland,” and “Still Crazy After All These Years” hold Album of The Year titles. For Simon & Garfunkel, the songwriter has a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Simon nurses a Songwriters Hall of Fame induction, a Johnny Mercer Award, a Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of fame induction. Two actually, one as a solo artist in 2001 and being a part of Simon & Garfunkel in 1990.

In 2018, Simon parted ways with the road after his Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour. However, the singer + songwriter still dabbles in a number of one-off shows. He played Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco in 2019 shortly after he released his last studio album “Blue Light.” As of now, Simon doesn’t have any scheduled tour dates in 2021.

In April 2021, Simon joined Stevie Nicks and Bob Dylan in selling his song catalog to Sony Music for a disclosed sum of money.

Looking Back at 1972

In 1972, Paul Simon sat down with Rolling Stone to give an inside scoop on life a part of Simon & Garfunkel. He was going back and forth from a little farm in Pennsylvania and a triplex in New York City previously owned by famed guitarist Andre Segovia.

He notes that his relationship with Art was quite cautious after the split. On a specific meeting or confrontation that may have finalized the breakup: “No, I don’t think there was. During the making of Bridge Over Troubled Water there were a lot of times when it just wasn’t fun to work together. It was very hard work and it was complex, and both of us thought – I think Artie said that he felt that he didn’t want to record – and I know I said I felt that if I had to go through these kind of personality abrasions, I didn’t want to continue to do it. But it became apparent by the time the movie was out and by the time my album was out that it was over.”

It’s no secret that having such remarkable success with somebody can often create turmoil. Still, there’s a lot to look back on and cherish as Mr. Simon celebrates his 80th birthday today.