Paul Simon Turns 70: Celebrate With 70 Paul Simon Fun Facts

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Paul Simon was born in Newark, New Jersey on October 13, 1941. (Photo by Michel Porro/Getty Images)
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Paul's mother and father were both musically inclined. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Paul was named after his grandfather who was a tailor in Vienna. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Paul's dad complimented his singing saying "That's nice, Paul. You have a nice voice."  This led Paul to contemplate a career as a singe (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Paul Simon met Art Garfunkel when he was 11. (Photo Courtesy of TNT/Getty Images)
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Paul and Art idolized The Everly Brothers and mimicked their two-part harmony. (Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)
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Simon & Garfunkel's first hit was"Hey, Schoolgirl"published under the name Tom & Jerry.  They were in their mid-teens when it reached #49 on the pop charts! (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
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Simon earned a degree in English literature from Queens University. (Photo by Adam Rountree/Getty Images)
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Simon recorded music under the names Jerry Landis, Paul Kane and True Taylor! (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
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Simon recorded with the band Tico and the Triumphs. Their song "Motorcycle" went to #97 on the charts! (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
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"Jerry Landis" reached #99  in the charts with "Lone Teen Ranger" in 1957. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
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Paul's girlfriend, Kathy Chitty, was the inspiration for "Kathy's Song" (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
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There is a photo of Simon and Kathy on the cover of The Paul Simon Song Book. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
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In early 1964,  Columbia Records decided that the duo would be called "Simon & Garfunkel." (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
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Simon and Garfunkel's first LP, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M got off to a slow start, so slow that Paul Simon took off to Europe to start a solo career but returned when "Sound Of Silence" took off. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
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While in the UK Simon co-wrote "Red Rubber Ball" with Bruce Woodley of the Australian pop group The Seekers. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
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The album Sounds of Silence includes "April Come She Will", "I Am a Rock" and "Leaves That Are Green." (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
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"Mrs. Robinson" was Simon & Garfunkel's second hit. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
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Simon thought about changing the song to "Mrs. Roosevelt" but The Graduate director, Mike Nichols, said "Don't be ridiculous! We're making a movie here! It's Mrs. Robinson!" (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
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Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme was Simon & Garfunkel's third album and included  "Scarborough Fair", "Homeward Bound"and "7 O'Clock News/Silent Night." (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
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Bridge Over Troubled Water includes my personal favorite, "The Only Living Boy in New York." (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
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It also includes "Cecelia." (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
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"Cecelia" also sounds good performed on a tree and a cooler as proven in this 2008 YouTube video by theLocal Natives (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
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Simon wrote "Bridge Over Troubled Water" in the summer of 1969 while Garfunkel was filming Catch-22. (Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)
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After releasing the album Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon & Garfunkel started solo careers occasionally working togethe (Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)
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Garfunkel said when he performed "Bridge Over Troubled Water," in 1972 at the Madison Square Garden benefit concert, it was "almost biblical." (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
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Paul Simon's "Mother and Child Reunion" was considered one of the first examples of reggae attempted by a white musician. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Also on Paul Simon's Paul Simon album was the hit "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard." (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
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There Goes Rhymin' Simon was Paul's s third solo studio album released in May of 1973. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
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Kodachrome" and "Loves Me Like a Rock" both came from  There Goes Rhymin' Simon. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
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Also, on There Goes Rhymin' Simon was "Something So Right," a tribute to Simon's first wife, Peggy. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Simon married Peggy in the fall of 1969. They had one son together and divorced in 1975. The 1983 song "Train in the Distance" is about their relationship. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Paul's fourth studio album, Still Crazy After All These Years, produced four US Top 40 hits including "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover" (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
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50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" reached the top spot of the Billboard charts. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Paul Simon played the role of Tony Lacey in Annie Hall. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
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Simon performed on SNLon November 20, 1976 singing "Still Crazy After All These Years"in a turkey outfit. If you find the video please leave a link in the comments! (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
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In 1977 Simon's "Slip Slidin' Away" reached No. 5 in the United States. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
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In 1977, the  TV show, The Paul Simon Special, aired. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
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In 1980 Simon released the album One Trick Pony. Simon wrote and stared in a film of the same name. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
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Simon was married to actress, Carrie Fisher, from 1983 to 1984. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
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Carrie Fisher says in her autobiography Wishful Drinking that the song "She Moves On"is about her. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
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After the album Hearts and Bones failed to produce commercial success Simon found new inspiration in African music which led to the  new musical project that became the celebrated album Graceland. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
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Paul Simon appeared on The Muppet Show in 1980. The episode exclusively featured Paul Simon songs. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
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"You Can Call Me Al" was accompanied with a humorous music video featuring actor Chevy Chase. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
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"Diamonds on the soles of her Shoes" was another celebrated solo coming from the Graceland album. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)
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Simon played the role of "Simple Simon" on the Disney movie, Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhym. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI)
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On March 4, 1992 Paul Simon appeared on MTV Unplugged. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)
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Paul Simon married Edie Brickell on May 30, 1992. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for Songwriter's Hall of Fame)
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Simon is 25 years Edie's senior. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
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They have three children together. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
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Edie Brickell is the lovely songstress who sings "What I Am" with Edie Brickell & New Bohemians. Edie first laid eyes on Paul Simon when she was performing  live on Saturday Night Live.  She was taken aback. You can witness that moment in this video. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
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In 1995 Paul appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show where he performed the song "Ten Years", which he composed specially for the tenth anniversary of the show. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
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Simon wrote and produced a Broadway musical titled The Capeman, he published an album by the same name. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
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Songs from The Capeman cost an estimated $11 million. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
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Songs from The Capeman was the first Simon album to not reach Top 40 in the Billboard charts. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
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In 1999, Simon toured with Bob Dylan. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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Paul Simon performed "The Boxer" to the audience and the NYC firefighters and police officers on the first SNL to air after the September 11, 2001 attacks. He also performed The Boxer upon popular demands when receiving an honorary degree from Brandeis University in 2010. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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Simon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
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In 2002, Simon wrote and recorded "Father and Daughter." It was the theme song for The Wild Thornberrys Movie. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
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In 2005, Simon & Garfunkel sang "Bridge Over Troubled Water" with Aaron Neville in a benefit for Hurricane Katrina victims. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
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In 2006, simon was selected as one of the "100 People Who Shaped the World" by Time Magazine. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
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In 2006 Simon worked on a new album Surprise with Brian Eno. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
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Surprise reached #14 in the Billboard 200 and #4 in the UK. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
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In 2007, Simon was named the first recipient of the Library of Congress's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
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Art Garfunkel was among many musicians who performed at the concert which aired on PBS. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
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Alison Krauss guested on-stage with Simon singing"Graceland." (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
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In 2009 Simon finally had his Kodachrome taken away when Kodak Eastman announced it would cancel production of Kodachrome film. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
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On September 10, 2010, Simon performed a tribute on The Oprah Winfrey Show celebrating 25 years. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
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Simon has received 13 GRAMMYs. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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In April 2011 Simon appeared at the Glastonbury music festival. (Photo by Allan Tannenbaum-Pool/Getty Images)
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