The Talented Paul Simon Part Six
Simon is a proponent of music education for children. In 1970, after recording his “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, at the invitation of the NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Simon held auditions for a young songwriter’s workshop. Advertised in the Village Voice, the auditions brought hundreds of hopefuls to perform for Simon. Among the six teenage songwriters Simon selected for tutelage were Melissa Manchester, Tommy Mandel and rock/beat poet Joe Linus, with Maggie and Terre Roche (the Roche Sisters), who later sang back-up for Simon, joining the workshop in progress through an impromptu appearance.
Simon invited the six teens to experience recording at Columbia studios with engineer Roy Halee. During these sessions, Bob Dylan was downstairs recording the album Self-Portrait, which included a version of Simon’s “The Boxer”. Violinist Isaac Stern also visited the group with a CBS film crew, speaking to the young musicians about lyrics and music after Joe Linus performed his song “Circus Lion” for Stern.
Manchester later paid homage to Simon, on her recorded song, “Ode to Paul.” Other musicians Simon has mentored include Nick Laird-Clowes, who co-founded the band the Dream Academy. Laird-Clowes has credited Simon with helping to shape the band’s biggest hit, “Life in a Northern Town”.
In 2003, Simon signed on as a supporter of Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization that provides free musical instruments and free lessons to children in public schools in the U.S. He sits on the organization’s board of directors as an honorary member.
Simon is also a major benefactor and one of the co-founders, with Dr. Irwin Redlener, of the Children’s Health Project and The Children’s Health Fund which started by creating specially equipped “buses” to take medical care to children in medically underserved areas, urban and rural. Their first bus was in the impoverished South Bronx of New York City, but they now operate in 12 states, including on the Gulf Coast. It has expanded greatly, partnering with major hospitals, local public schools and medical schools and advocating policy for children’s health and medical care.
In May 2012, Paul Simon performed at a benefit dinner for the Turkana Basin Institute in New York City, raising more than $2 million for Richard Leakey’s research institute in Africa.
This discography does not include compilation albums, concert albums, or work with Simon and Garfunkel. Simon’s solo concert albums often have songs he originally recorded with Simon and Garfunkel, and many Simon and Garfunkel concert albums contain songs Simon first recorded on solo albums. Finally, Paul Simon has a few songs that appear on compilation albums and nowhere else. For example, “Slip Slidin’ Away” appears only on the compilation albums Negotiations and Love Songs (1988) and Greatest Hits, Etc. (1977).
Studio solo albums
* The Paul Simon Songbook (1965)
* Paul Simon (1972)
* There Goes Rhymin’ Simon (1973)
* Still Crazy After All These Years (1975)
* One-Trick Pony (1980)
* Hearts and Bones (1983)
* Graceland (1986)
* The Rhythm of the Saints (1990)
* Songs from The Capeman (1997)
* You’re the One (2000)
* Surprise (2006)
* So Beautiful or So What (2011)
* Stranger to Stranger (2016)
With Art Garfunkel
Saturday Night Live
Himself / Various
All You Need Is Cash
Actor, writer, composer
The Statue of Liberty
Mother Goose Rock ‘n’ Rhyme
Episode: “Via Dolorosa”
The Wild Thornberrys Movie
The Great Buck Howard
Grateful Old Performer
The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg Deluxe Set
Henry & Me
Thurmon Munson (voice)
Episode: “You Can Call Me Al”
Welcome To Sweden
Episode: “American Club”
Horace and Pete
Theme music composer, actor
Work on Broadway
* Rock ‘n Roll! The First 5,000 Years (1982) – revue – featured songwriter for “Mrs. Robinson”
* Asinamali! (1987) – play – co-producer
* Mike Nichols and Elaine May: Together Again on Broadway (1992) – concert – performer
* The Capeman (1998) – composer, co-lyricist and music arranger – Tony Nomination for Best Original Score
* The Graduate (2002) – play – featured songwriter