Paul Simon's music career dates way back to the days of Simon and Garfunkel (circa 1964). In reality, Simon and Garfunkel where childhood friends in New York. The duo started performing together at 13, and by the time they were in their mid-teens, they had minor hit with the song "Hey, Schoolgirl", which they released under the name Tom and Jerry.
Technically, Simon started a solo career at the same time Simon and Garfunkel where in fool swing, although the album, called The Paul Simon Handbook, was not released in the USA until 2004. For most of us, Paul Simon's solo career started in 1972, a couple of years after Simon's split with Garfunkel, with this self-titled release. Some 70's songs you may remember from Simon include "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard", "Kodachrome", "Loves Me Like a Rock", "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover", "Slip Slidin' Away", and "Wonder World" with Garfunkel and James Taylor.
The reality is, Simon's career in the 80's was a shadow compared to the 70's. Yet, he did release several albums in the 80's that included some hits. Songs you may remember include "Late in the Evening" from One Trick Pony (1980), "Allergies" from Hearts and Bones (1983), and "You Can Call Me Al" Graceland (1986). Although Simon continued producing well into the 2010's, the success of the 70's and 80's remained elusive. The Paul Simon Discography is as follows:
- 1965: The Paul Simon Songbook
- 1972: Paul Simon
- 1973: There Goes Rhymin' Simon
- 1974: Paul Simon in Concert: Live Rhymin'
- 1975: Still Crazy After All These Years
- 1977: Greatest Hits, Etc.
- 1980: One-Trick Pony
- 1983: Hearts and Bones
- 1986: Graceland
- 1988: Negotiations and Love Songs
- 1990: The Rhythm of the Saints
- 1991: Born at the Right Time: The Best of Paul Simon
- 1991: Paul Simon's Concert in the Park, August 15, 1991
- 1993: Paul Simon 1964/1993
- 1993: The Paul Simon Anthology
- 1997: Songs from The Capeman
- 2000: You're the One
- 2000: Greatest Hits: Shining Like a National Guitar
- 2002: The Paul Simon Collection
- 2004: The Studio Recordings, 1972-2000
- 2006: Recorded As Jerry Landis
- 2006: Surprise
- 2007: The Essential Paul Simon
- 2009: This Better Be Good
- 2011: Songwriter
- 2011: So Beautiful or So What