Paul Simon is one of the most famous songwriters of all time, best known for his time in the duo Simon and Garfunkel and songs such as Bridge Over Troubled Water.
Paul Simon is a singer, songwriter, and musician born in Newark, New Jersey and raised in Queens. He first gained fame in the 1960s as half of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, and released several successful albums. He received numerous awards throughout his career, including 12 Grammy Awards, three of which were for Album of the Year.
Simon is known for his unique blend of styles, combining elements of folk, rock, and world music. He was influenced by Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, and other cultures, such as Afro-Caribbean beats. His song El Condor Pasa features a Peruvian melody and South American performers. Other influences include Little Richard and Bo Diddley.
Simon announced his retirement from music in 2018, and his final tour was named Homeward Bound. He cited the death of his longtime guitarist as a factor in his decision, as well as the toll on his family and relationships. He closed his retirement letter by saying he was grateful for a fulfilling career and for the audiences that heard something in his music that touched their hearts.