Paul Simon biography

One of the 100 people who shaped our world!

Paul Simon is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, both as half of the folk-singing duo Simon & Garfunkel and also as a solo artist.

In 2006, Time magazine called him one of the one hundred people who shaped our world.

His hits are many, including Homeward Bound, The Sound Of Silence, Scarborough Fair, You Can Call Me Al, The Boxer, Cecilia, Mrs. Robinson, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes, El Condor Pasa, Still Crazy After All These Years, Mother and Child Reunion, Me & Julio Down By The Schoolyard, 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover, and Graceland.

However, he has also created some incredible songs that never became massive hits. Tenderness is such an example.

Tenderness is not just an awesome song, it’s a proper test for understanding musical harmony as seemingly every trick in the book has been applied here!

Without a doubt, also worth mentioning is the song American Tune. The only popular music song that has seriously been considered as an alternative to the American national anthem Stars And Stripes.

Finally, if you thought Paul Simon was only making great music in the 20th century, think again! Check out his 2016 release, Stranger To Stranger. On this album you find the sensational track Wristband, proving that Paul Simon certainly still got it!

Awards, sales and recognition’s

Paul Simon has collected 12 Grammy Awards, 3 of them for album of the year (Bridge Over Troubled Water, Still Crazy After All These Years, Graceland).

He was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, first in 1990 with Simon & Garfunkel and then again in 2001 as a solo artist.

He’s also received the Kennedy Center Honors (2002) and the Gershwin Prize For Popular Song (2007).

One of the more interesting takes on the artist portrait concept has been pioneered in 2021 by Paul Simon. Malcolm Gladwell (Broken Record Podcast) has had a 30 hour conversation with Paul Simon and released it on audible under the name: Miracle and Wonder – conversations with Paul Simon.

Scarborough Fair – Chords

Scarborough Fair takes full advantage of the II chord by using the extensions sus2, 13 and sus4, ending up with a Dorian sounding composition.

It would be impossible to play Scarborough Fair using different shapes as the incorporated open strings give the arrangement its distinctive sound.

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Scarborough Fair – Lyrics

Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.
Remember me to one who lives there,
she once was a true love of mine.

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Tenderness – Chords

Huge chords and odd time signatures dominate Tenderness, possibly the most difficult tune the master course has to offer.

The harmonic landscape is so huge in this relatively unknown Paul Simon tune it will take a while to get to grips with every section.

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Tenderness – Lyrics

What can I do, what can I do?
Much of what you say is true,
I know you see through me,
but there’s no tenderness, beneath your honesty.

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