Paul Simon was born 13th October, 1941 and is from New Jersey, U.S.A. He is most famous for being one half of the infamous Simon & Garfunkel.
On his own, Paul Simon has amassed a total of 12 Grammys and five number one albums spanning 50 years. Well known hits include “Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Still Crazy After All These Years" and "Graceland". He was responsible for producing music for the hit motion film, The Graduate with the song "Mrs Robinson".
Paul Simon received notable honours; in 1982, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, in 1990 Simon & Garfunkel were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2001, Paul Simon himself was inducted into the Rock and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Simon & Garfunkel split up in 1970 and Paul Simon pursued solo projects. He released his own solo self-titled album in 1972. In 1975, the album Still Crazy After All These Years (US release) proved to be highly successful - gaining him two Grammys.
During the late ‘70s Paul Simon continued to have epic success across the UK and US and toured across the US performing acoustic sets.
By the ‘80s he felt he had lost his way after his album Hearts and Bones and went off to South Africa to “find himself” – which he did.
In the ‘90s, after a brief reunion with Garfunkel Paul Simon went onto work his own material and also dabbled in film and theatre work, and although was unsuccessful with his musical The Capeman, Simon’s went onto work with the likes of Brian Eno on an album called Surprise which was commercially successful – reaching number 14 in the in the Billboard 200 chart and number 4 in the UK chart.
Paul Simon has been heavily involved in philanthropic activities, co-founding of The Children's Health Fund with Dr. Irwin Redlener. He has helped to raise money for AMFAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research), The Nature Conservancy, The Fund for Imprisoned Children in South Africa and Autism Speaks and The Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation.