Simply Simon’s Best

Go Tell It On the Mountain
38th AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Mike Nichols - Show
1964 Simon and Garfunkel-Go Tell It On the Mountain-Paul's cover of this traditional made it his first Christmas song. Can you name the other two? (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)
Go Tell It On the Mountain
The Sound of Silence
25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concert - Night 1 - Show
1966 Simon and Garfunkel- The Sound of Silence- the remix that became their first number one. My first slow dance ever.(Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
The Sound of Silence
Scarborough Fair
2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented By Shell - Day 2
1966 Simon and Garfunkel- Scarborough Fair/ Canticle- poignant and gorgeous. Theme song for my first year at Creative Arts Camp. Oh yes, I did.
Scarborough Fair
Mrs. Robinson
25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concert - Night 1 - Show
1968 Simon and Garfunkel- Mrs. Robinson You don't want to know how old Anne Bancroft was in that movie. "Where have you gone Joe Dimaggio?" (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Mrs. Robinson
America
2008 Children's Health Fund Annual Gala
1968 Simon and Garfunkel "America" When I need to reach for a song that evokes the many sides of our country, I reach for this. (Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)
America
Fakin' It
38th AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Mike Nichols - Show
1968 Simon and Garfunkel "Fakin' It" For when you feel like you're going through the motions. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI)
Fakin' It
The Boxer
2008 Children's Health Fund Annual Gala
1970 Simon and Garfunkel "The Boxer" Taught my son this song when he was very young. Mom didn't think a small child should have been singing about "the whores on 7th Avenue." (Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)
The Boxer
The Only Living Boy in New York
41st Annual Songwriters Hall Of Fame - Show
1970 Simon and Garfunkel "The Only Living Boy in New York" Originally about Art's departure for an acting career. Played it after 9/11 and for some reason, it tore me to shreds. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
The Only Living Boy in New York
Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard
2008 Children's Health Fund Annual Gala
1972 Paul Simon- Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard- Paul and I grew up in Forest Hills, not a tough part of Queens. "Corona" was. Never hurt to pretend you were from there. (Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)
Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard
Paranoia Blues
Pelosi And Reid Join Paul Simon For Children's Health Fund Event
1972 Paul Simon- Paranoia Blues You got em, I got em. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Paranoia Blues
Kodachrome
2008 Children's Health Fund Annual Gala
1973 Paul Simon- Kodachrome One of the highlights of recent XRT Shows. He sings "Don't take my kodachrome away" and last year, they take it away. (Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)
Kodachrome
Take Me to the Mardi Gras
2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented By Shell - Day 2
1973 Paul Simon- Take Me to the Mardi Gras It wouldn't be Fat Tuesday on XRT without it. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
Take Me to the Mardi Gras
Still Crazy After All These Years
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1975 Paul Simon- Still Crazy After All These Years As true today as the day it was released. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Still Crazy After All These Years
Late in the Evening
41st Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremony - Audience and Backstage
1980 Paul Simon- Late in the Evening Check out that funky Eric Gale guitar solo (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for Songwriter's Hall of Fame)
Late in the Evening
Boy in The Bubble
2008 Children's Health Fund Annual Gala
1986 Paul Simon- Boy in The Bubble Captured the temper of the times (Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)
Boy in The Bubble
Homeless
38th AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Mike Nichols - Show
1986 Paul Simon - Homeless A hidden treasure from the Graceland collection featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Have you ever noticed how much fun it is to say "Mambazo?" (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI)
Homeless
Born at the Right Time
38th AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Mike Nichols - Show
1990 Paul Simon- Born at the Right Time The first time I met Paul Simon backstage I told him that this should have been a hit single. He said, tell the record company. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)
Born at the Right Time
So Beautiful or So What
2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented By Shell - Day 2
2011 Paul Simon- So Beautiful or So What Title track from the new album. Paul is back with a vengeance. He said the unusual guitar sound came from his search for Bo Diddley. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
So Beautiful or So What
The Afterlife
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2011 Paul Simon- The Afterlife The afterlife resembles the Department of Motor Vehicles. "Take a number." With the rapture tomorrow, we'll find out soon enough.
The Afterlife
25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concert - Night 1 - Show
25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concert - Night 1 - Show
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 29: Paul Simon performs onstage at the 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concert at Madison Square Garden on October 29, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
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One Comment

  1. C. Todd Binning says:

    Kodachrome moments

  2. Mary Doyle says:

    I would like to take my mother Alice Doyle. Alice is in a nursing home and has been a fan for as long as I can remember…It would a dream come ture

  3. Slatersan says:

    Lin — a few more:

    The Cool Cool River
    Wartime Prayers
    Love
    Love Is Eternal Sacred Light
    The Obvious Child
    Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
    American Tune
    Duncan

  4. Good list, Lin. Simon is one of my all-time champion songwriters. Would like to include his whole catalog, but here are a few more on my personal favorites list:
    1) SAVE THE LIFE OF MY CHILD (S&G’S Bookends album) – Powerful, surreal song to kick off a rather surreal album, a snapshot of social alienation & distance. Dark shades of “I Am A Rock.” Great sound, love the way The Sound of Silence comes drifting back into the mix.
    2) CECILIA (S&G’s Bridge Over Troubled Water) – Rockin’ declaration of a very naughty boy!
    3) SO LONG, FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT (also S&G’s Bridge…) – Love the ethereal voicing on this nod to our hometown son.
    4) THE DANGLING CONVERSATION (S&G’s Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme) – Sublime poetry in still-life watercolor, in syn-co-pat-ed time.
    5) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER (S&G’s Bridge again) – Yeah, I know its schmatzy & overdone, but a magnificent message, a balm lifting us out of the tumultuous 60s When done by a master of soul like Aretha Franklin, it becomes transcendent.
    6) GONE AT LAST (Simon’s Still Crazy After All These Years) – A testifyin’ gospel thumper!
    7) All of Simon’s tunes incorporating elements of World Music…for opening our ears & getting our feet to dancin’.

    As to the other Christmas tunes…”Star Carol” and “Comfort & Joy.” Hearing those songs (unreleased at the time – on S&G’s Old Friends box set) makes me wish S&G would have completed their holiday album…albeit an odd contrast to their cultural heritage. Would have been an enduring classic, I think. And hey, if Streisand can do it, why not?

    — Katie Jones, Aurora, IL (BackbeatChicago@gmail.com)

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