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Oct. 13, 1941
Artistfacts for Paul Simon
Simon married the singer Edie Brickell in 1992. He was previously married to the actress Carrie Fisher from 1982-1983 and to Peggy Harper from 1969-1975.
Simon made a cameo as a Record Producer in the 1977 Woody Allen movie Annie Hall.
After his first Simon and Garfunkel album Wednesday Morning, 3 AM Simon left for England and established himself as a Folk artist. In 1966 he was called back to the US when his song "The Sound of Silence" was released with electric instruments overdubbed over the original acoustics, and hit #1 in the US. Afterward, he created 4 more albums with Garfunkel: The Sounds of Silence, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, Bookends and Bridge Over Troubled Water. (thanks, Sara MacKenzie - Middle of Nowhere, FL)
He is in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a solo artist and as a member of Simon and Garfunkel.
After high school, he studied English literature at Queens College. He wrote and recorded many songs during this time. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
He was very upset by the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. So much so, that he left the country to live in England for a while.
By 2009, he had released 3 times as many solo albums (15) as Simon & Garfunkel albums (5).
Simon got his start in the music industry working for a song publishing company called E.B. Marks, where his job was to sell songs to record companies. When he got frustrated and left the company, he decided to self-publish any songs he wrote - a move that turned out to be very lucrative.