by Robert Wilkinson
Along with St. Lenny, today is also the birthday of the magnificent Paul Simon. Great videos!
In case you were on Neptune during the 60s, 70s, and 80s, Paul Simon (October 13, 1941) has composed some of the most memorable tunes in our lifetime. In the 60s, Simon and Garfunkel began as folk singers, but moved into some major productions. They provided us profound and timeless offerings such as "Sounds of Silence," "I Am A Rock," "Scarborough Fair," "59th Street Bridge Song," "The Boxer," "Mrs. Robinson," and "Bridge Over Troubled Waters," to name a few of their dozens of great songs that gave us unique and introspective looks at life.
In the 70s and 80s, Paul Simon's solo career took off like a rocket with such tunes as "Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard," "Kodachrome," "American Tune," "Graceland," and "Rhythm of the Saints." Enjoy what you're about to see, since I found some classic footage of Paul, Art, and the Concerts in Central Park and Zimbabwe!
For your listening pleasure, the amazing talent of Paul Simon!
Live in 1966 on Canadian television, Simon and Garfunkel in a perfectly harmonized duet performing the song that blew the doors down! “Sounds of Silence”
From a very early television appearance, Simon and Garfunkel very live – not lipsynched! – performing their beautiful if cynical acoustic masterpiece with picture perfect harmonies, “I Am A Rock”
Here’s an audio-only clip from their performance at the legendary Monterrey Pop in the 1967 Summer of Love. For your enjoyment, Simon and Garfunkel live performing “At the Zoo”
However! If you want a live video clip of another of their most loved tunes, here they are at Monterrey, doing the iconic "59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)"
From the Andy Williams television show in 1968, here are the three of them harmonizing the exquisitely beautiful “Scarborough Fair/Canticle”
From 1970 in France, Simon and Garfunkel live singing what has been called "the happiest song alive." ""59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)"
Here’s a treat! It’s Paul Simon and George Harrison live in 1976 on Saturday Night Live performing Paul’s “Homeward Bound”
Live in Amsterdam in 1970, here’s an audio-only performance by Simon and Garfunkel of “Fakin’ It”
In 1981 Paul and Art reunited in a one-off concert in Central Park. We have some videos of their performances from that show! Here Simon and Garfunkel kick off the show with their hit from "The Graduate," "Mrs. Robinson."
The legendary "Sounds of Silence." (with Art!)
Featuring the amazing voice of Art Garfunkel, "Bridge Over Troubled Waters."
Besides these teasers, if you want the entire 2 hour, 47 minute concert, here it is! Simon and Garfunkel – The Concert in Central Park 1981
We'll close this focus on his early career with an amazing album that many never heard back when. For your listening enjoyment, the very (at times) psychedelic 1968 studio album in its entirety, "Bookends"
From 1991 in Japan, Paul nails "Kodachrome."
Here’s Paul in an audio-only 1974 live performance of the very beautiful “Mother and Child Reunion”
From a 1992 performance, here's one of my all-time faves, "Me and Julio down by the Schoolyard."
From unplugged in 1992, "Still Crazy After All These Years."
Here's Paul and Stevie Wonder in a live televised performance of "Me and Julio down by the Schoolyard."
In 2006, Live at the BBC! "Slip Slidin' Away."
From 2003, Willie Nelson and Paul Simon performing "Homeward Bound."
Not live, but great anyway! Here's the music video of “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes”
Here's are a few tunes Paul recorded around 1961-1962 when he recorded under the name of Jerry Landis. Welcome to something that sounds nothing like the Paul Simon the world knows. For your amazement and amusement, one of his hits, "Lone Teen Ranger." We'll follow with a couple more period pieces, "Play Me A Sad Song," and his hit "Lisa."
And now we fast forward to one of the most famous and daring concerts in history! It helped end apartheid on South Africa and showcased African music for the rest of the world. From the Concert in Zimbabwe, we begin with Paul Simon and the legendary Hugh Masekela doing 15 minutes together of some very African music, beginning with "Township Jive."
From there, we move into "Diamonds on the soles of her shoes."
Ladysmith Black Mambazo – pt 1 (4m 49s)
Ladysmith Black Mambazo – pt 2 (8m 29s)
For the closer, a final set from the Zimbabwe concert with Mama Africa, Ms. Miriam Makeba, Under African Skies."
"These are the days of miracles and wonder...." Thanks for all the tunes, and may you have many, many more years and songs to go. You're one of the all time best!!
© Copyright 2013 Robert Wilkinson