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Stars line up for Paul Simon tribute

January 7th, 2014 8:30pm EST
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Bettye Levette, jazz star Madeleine Peyroux and alternative rock icon Bob Mould have signed up to lead an eclectic tribute to Paul Simon in New York in March (14).

The trio will be joined by the Civil Wars' Joy Williams and composer Allen Toussaint, among others.

The Simon tribute is the 10th instalment of a long-running series hosted by philanthropist Michael Dorf.

Last year (13), Elvis Costello, D'Angelo and Booker T. Jones performed at a Prince tribute, and past events have been dedicated to the music of Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M., the Rolling Stones and Elton John.

Art Garfunkel walks offstage over cell phone interruption

June 16th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Art Garfunkel
Folk legend Art Garfunkel stormed offstage during a recent concert in New York after becoming annoyed by a gig-goer who was fiddling with his cell phone.

The singer/songwriter was performing an intimate show for specially-invited guests at the Great Neck Arts Center in Long Island earlier this month (Jun13), when he spotted local official Jon Kaiman playing with his mobile while sitting in the front row.

A source tells the New York Post's Page Six column, "Art stormed offstage, only to return 10 minutes later to finish his set when Jon apologised."

Confirming the story, a representative ...

Music Producer Phil Ramone Dies At 79

March 31st, 2013 10:07am EDT
Phil Ramone
Famed music producer Phil Ramone has died at the age of 79. The producer and sound engineer, who worked with stars including Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Barbra Streisand, passed away on Saturday in New York City. 

His death comes just weeks after he was hospitalized to treat an aortic aneurysm. 

Ramone, who was born in South Africa, but grew up in the Big Apple, won 14 Grammy Awards throughout his illustrious career, including album of the year prizes for Paul Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years, Billy Joel's 52nd Street and Ray Charles' Genius Loves Company.  He won his last Grammy...

Paul Simon: 'No More Simon & Garfunkel'

May 22nd, 2012 11:54pm EDT
Paul Simon
Paul Simon has wrecked fans' hopes of another Simon & Garfunkel get together by telling a BBC radio show he has no intention of revisiting the past.

Simon and Art Garfunkel have reunited for occasional tours since they split in 1970 - but they have never recorded new material together - and the singer-songwriter insists it's likely to stay that way.

Asked about another reunion tour with his longtime partner and possible new material while promoting the re-issue of his 1986 album "Graceland" during an appearance on BBC Radio 4's Today program, Simon said, "I'd just as soon not go back and ...

Paul Simon And Yo-Yo Ma To Share 2012 Polar Music Prize

May 8th, 2012 12:41pm EDT
Paul Simon
Music icon Paul Simon has been chosen to receive Sweden's prestigious Polar Music Prize.

The singer will share the honor with cellist Yo-Yo Ma after they were selected by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

Hailing Simon's career, a college spokesman said, "Nobody else is more deserving of the epithet of 'world-class songwriter'. For five decades, Paul Simon has built bridges not only over troubled waters but over entire oceans by rejoining the world's continents with his music. Paul Simon has compiled a library of songs which will remain open to future generations."

The ceremony will...

Paul Simon Documentary Takes Top Prize At SXSW

March 19th, 2012 7:55am EDT
Paul Simon
A documentary about Paul Simon's trip back to South Africa, where he recorded hit album Graceland, has won the Audience Award at the South By Southwest festival in Texas.

Under African Skies is director Joe Berlinger's film chronicling the 25th anniversary trip.

When the You Can Call Me Al singer recorded the 1986 album with vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo and other local musicians, he stirred up controversy because Apartheid was in place in South Africa - and the singer/songwriter ignored an international cultural boycott on the nation to work on Graceland.

PJ Harvey Wins 2011 Uncut Music Award

November 28th, 2011 12:45pm EST
PJ Harvey
Singer/songwriter PJ Harvey has fought off competition from Radiohead and Paul Simon to land Britain's prestigious Uncut Music Award 2011 for her album Let England Shake.

The war-themed record landed the coveted Mercury Prize in September, and the honors are accumulating for Harvey.

Editors at respected U.K. music magazine Uncut have handed her their top music award ahead of rockers Radiohead, Simon, and other artists including Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes.

Harvey says, "I'm very pleased to get the Uncut Music Award 2011, and it strengthens my desire to carry on pursuing the avenues of wo...

Happy 70th Birthday, Paul Simon!

October 13th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Paul Simon
Happy birthday, Paul Simon - the singer/songwriter turns 70 today.

Folk legend, 12-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Simon has done it all and has yet to hang up his mic - he's clearly "Still Crazy After All These Years!"

He helped define the sound of the Sixties as one half of Simon & Garfunkel before making his mark as a successful solo artist with a string of critically-acclaimed albums.

Now Simon celebrates another milestone as he enters his next decade and WENN has dug up 10 fascinating facts to mark the occasion.

- Simon was named one of the "100 People W...

Paul Simon To Take 'Graceland' On Tour To Celebrate 25th Anniversary

October 12th, 2011 10:23am EDT
Paul Simon
Paul Simon is to perform the tracks from his hit album Graceland next year as part of a tour to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the album's first live outing.

The singer/songwriter hit the road in 1987 to promote the classic album, which was released the year before.

According to, Simon will take African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo on tour with him. The group featured on Graceland.

The tour will coincide with the release of a Graceland box-set and a limited edition of the album, which will be released early next year.

Peter Gabriel Rethinking Covers Album Project

October 10th, 2011 9:40pm EDT
Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel is re-imagining his "I'll Scratch Yours" covers album project - because so many artists whose hits he covered on his "Scratch My Back" release aren't interested in reworking his songs.

Gabriel recorded orchestral renditions of songs by David Bowie, Arcade Fire, Neil Young and Radiohead among others for the 2010 album and he had hoped the artists would return the favor for a covers album of his own work.

But too many of the acts he honored with orchestral makeovers aren't interested in being part of the project.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I've sort of given up waiting...

New York Bakery's Simon & Garfunkel Bread Tribute Nixed

August 8th, 2011 9:55pm EDT
Simon & Garfunkel
Bosses of a New York bakery have been forced to pull their signature bread over a copyright dispute with Simon & Garfunkel.

Fairway Cafe to Go proprietors were asked to drop their Scarborough Fairway wreath-shaped loaf - because of its ties to the duo's hit "Scarborough Fair."

The bakers opted for the title because the bread features parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme - the lyrics of Paul Simon's folk tune.

A representative for the bakery says the item has been changed to Fairway's Herb Wreath due to "an infringement rights issue."

The spokesperson says, "Fairway was sent a cease and de...

Musicians Fight To Reverse Grammy Decision

May 28th, 2011 1:30pm EDT
Paul Simon
Paul Simon and Carlos Santana have joined a number of artists who are protesting the decision to cut more than 30 honors from the annual Grammy Awards.

Officials at America's Recording Academy sparked outrage after announcing plans to axe a number of prizes, including awards for Latin jazz, Hawaiian and Native American music, and merge several categories.

Simon and Santana are both backing a coalition of musicians, led by four-time Latin jazz Grammy nominee Bobby Sanabria, who are fighting to reverse the decision before the 54th annual Grammys next year, according to the Associated Press....

Oprah Gets A Surprise From Paul Simon During Emotional Final Show

May 25th, 2011 11:05pm EDT
Oprah Winfrey
Veteran musician Paul Simon helped Oprah Winfrey bring her hit talk show to an emotional end after 25 years on air by recording a special song especially for her.

The media mogul wrapped up 25 years of The Oprah Winfrey Show by recalling the highs and lows of her talk show career on the grand finale, which aired in the U.S. on Wednesday. Viewers were taken to commercial breaks to the sounds of Twenty-Five Years, a ballad Simon wrote to mark Winfrey's momentous occasion.

She fought back tears as she took fans on a trip down memory lane, with Winfrey calling her fans her "safe harbor" as sh...

Paul Simon Can't Wait To Resume Tour With Art Garfunkel

April 30th, 2011 11:30am EDT
Paul Simon
Paul Simon can't wait to get back on the road with longtime partner Art Garfunkel, insisting the tour the duo was forced to cut short in 2010 when the singer fell ill was one of their best.

Simon insists fans could tell the feuding pair had put aside any differences between them, and had a special bond onstage. And now the singer/songwriter hopes to resume dates after Garfunkel, who was diagnosed with vocal cord paresis, makes a full recovery.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "(The) truth is, I really do enjoy singing with Artie. There was something very emotional we were getting from the...

Paul Simon Integrates Wildebeest Noises Into New Album

April 20th, 2011 8:51am EDT
Paul Simon
Paul Simon has discovered a new way of dealing with writer's block and it's all thanks to the creatures of the African plains.

The music legend turned to an audio journal of a 2009 safari trip he took to Kenya with his wife Edie Brickell as he tried to complete the music for his new album "So Beautiful or So What" - and ended up incorporating the wildlife sounds into his music.

He tells the Los Angeles Times, "It sounded like I was sitting in a room playing, which of course is exactly what I was doing, so I took the sound of the night and I put it in the background. And then I took a wild...

Art Garfunkel Confident Voice Will Be Back For 2011 Concert Dates

March 17th, 2011 8:11pm EDT
Simon & Garfunkel
Art Garfunkel has given Simon & Garfunkel fans something to cheer about - he predicts he'll be well enough to hit the road again with Paul Simon at the end of the year.

The legendary duo was forced to scrap dates on their 2010 Old Friends tour of North America when Bright Eyes singer Garfunkel was diagnosed with vocal cord paresis.

He has been rehabbing his voice ever since and now admits he's beginning to get his tone back. Of his return to the stage, Garfunkel tells, "Late 2011, I feel in my bones, in my cells, that that's the scenario.

"At the rate the voice is coming ba...

Neil Diamond Steals The Show At Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

March 15th, 2011 8:45am EDT
Neil Diamond
Veteran crooner Neil Diamond stunned the audience at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Monday by delivering a rambling speech as he accepted his prestigious honor.

The singer became rock royalty as part of the Class of 2011, receiving the accolade at New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel alongside other stars including Alice Cooper, Tom Waits and Dr. John. Speaking before the big bash, Diamond revealed he had made a dash from Australia to the U.S. to accept the honor in person - and it appeared the jetlag had caught up with him as he stepped onto the podium after being intro...

Keith Richards & Mick Jagger Top Rock Feuds List

November 25th, 2010 11:45am EST
Rolling Stones
Keith Richards and Mick Jagger's on/off feud has handed the Rolling Stones bandmates the top spot on a new list of warring rockers.

The duo has beaten Simon & Garfunkel to the number one position on Rolling Stone magazine's new Greatest Rock Feuds Of All Time countdown.

The publication's editors handed the Brits top place following the pair's recent falling out over extracts in Richards' new biography Life, in which the guitarist mocked the frontman's "tiny dodger", among a series of surprising jibes.

The top five list is:

1. Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
2. Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel

Paul McCartney To Be Honored At The White House

May 25th, 2010 11:30am EDT
Paul McCartney
The details of Paul McCartney's big White House showdown have been revealed a week after the former Beatles star hinted about a presidential concert in a web chat.

The Jonas Brothers, Faith Hill, Stevie Wonder and Jerry Seinfeld will be part of an all-star line-up that will honor McCartney when he receives the third Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress in the White House's East Room. Jack White, Dave Grohl, Emmylou Harris and Elvis Costello will also be part of the festivities on June 2nd. Paul Simon and Wonder are past Gershwin Prize winners.

McCartney treated ...

Simon & Garfunkel To Tour?

March 4th, 2010 7:54pm EST
Simon & Garfunkel
Simon & Garfunkel are set to hit the road again - the revered folk-rock duo have laid down a series of dates which seems to be the start of a U.S. tour.

Local news organizations have confirmed the reunited pair will perform at Fargo, North Dakota's Fargodome and at the Minneapolis Xcel Energy Centre in Minnesota on May 7 & 8.

Simon & Garfunkel recently insisted their April 24 show at the New Orleans Jazz Festival would be their only U.S. performance of 2010.

The Winnipeg Free Press reports Simon & Garfunkel will also play their first ever show in the city on May 5.

Taylor Swift & Kanye West Among Those To Sing 'We Are The World' Revamp

January 29th, 2010 9:05am EST
Taylor Swift
Kanye West and Taylor Swift are set to come face to face for the first time since the rapper stormed the stage to protest the singer's 2009 MTV Video Music Awards win - in the studio.

The two stars will be among those joining Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie for a "We Are The World" 25th anniversary revamp, which will take place on Monday in Los Angeles, according to Access Hollywood.

West has publicly and privately apologized to the "Love Story" singer after ruining her big night at the VMAs - but they haven't met since he stormed onstage at the beginning of the ceremony and declared S...

Peter Gabriel Plans Orchestral Concerts To Promote Covers Album

January 4th, 2010 8:42pm EST
Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel will perform selections from his upcoming covers album "Scratch My Back" with a full orchestra in Berlin, London and Paris in March.

The rocker's first new album in eight years will be released next month and features orchestral arrangements of songs by David Bowie, Lou Reed, Bon Iver, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Elbow and Radiohead, among others.

Gabriel will perform the tracks at four shows, culminating with concerts at London's 02 Arena on March 27 and 28.

The artists whose songs Gabriel covers on "Scratch My Back" have recorded new versions of his hits for a future al...

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Bus Hijack Scare

October 25th, 2009 5:00pm EDT
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Paul Simon's famous backing band Ladysmith Black Mambazo narrowly escaped a terrifying road trip when their coach was stolen as their crew slept inside.

The Grammy-winning South African choral group, who famously sang on Simon's "Graceland" album, played a gig in Cambridge, England earlier this month and parked their tour bus outside the Corn Exchange venue ahead of the concert.

Several crew members, as well as the driver, slept on board the bus while the band went to a nearby hotel, but they were woken in the early hours of the morning when the coach doors were forced open and the ve...

Stevie Wonder Honored By President Obama

February 26th, 2009 9:17am EST
Stevie Wonder
Soul man Stevie Wonder was honored with America's highest award for pop music by President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

The Superstition singer was handed the prestigious Library of Congress Gershwin Prize at a ceremony at the White House. And Obama, who used Wonder's classics Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours and Higher Ground as theme songs on his campaign trail, paid tribute to the star.

He said, "Stevie has always drawn on the incredible range of traditions in his music and, from that, he's created a style that's at once uniquely American, uniquely his own, and yet somehow ...

Simon & Garfunkel Put Tour Plans Together

February 19th, 2009 9:53am EST
Simon & Garfunkel
Folk legends Simon And Garfunkel are set to tour for the first time in five years - after they were blown away by the rapturous reception they received at a surprise reunion gig on Friday.

Paul Simon thrilled fans at the New York's Beacon Theatre after he introduced Art Garfunkel to the stage for a gig to mark the re-opening of the venue following a seven-month renovation. And their three-song set went down a storm with the crowd - prompting the pair to put plans together for a possible U.S. tour.

Simon tells the BBC, "Our plan to work together is coming together but it doesn't...

Simon & Garfunkel Reunite In New York

February 16th, 2009 8:47am EST
Simon & Garfunkel
Paul Simon served up a very special early St. Valentine's Day treat for fans at the New York's Beacon Theater on Friday - he brought former partner Art Garfunkel onstage with him.

Simon and Garfunkel joined forces for a surprise reunion to mark the re-opening of the venue following a seven-month renovation. The pair performed The Sound of Silence, The Boxer and Old Friends during the encore of Simon's sold out show.

However, it wasn't just onstage where the stars sparkled - Paul McCartney and Jon Bon Jovi were in the audience.

(This news article provid...

Hall & Oates 'Live At The Troubadour' Out Nov. 25; See Four Songs From The DVD Here!

November 21st, 2008 7:00pm EST
Hall & Oates
In May 2008, Daryl Hall and John Oates took the stage at the legendary Troubadour for the first time since playing their earliest Los Angeles shows there 35 years before. The best performances from this much anticipated two-night concert, which included hits such as "Maneater," "Private Eyes," "Rich Girl," "Sara Smile" and "Kiss On My List," will be made available in three formats – DVD, Blu-Ray, and a 1-DVD/2-CD combo, via Shout! Factory on November 25.

"John and I have a lot of great memories associated with performing at the Troubadour, since it was our first show in LA," said Daryl...

Muppets Forever: The House That Henson Built

September 30th, 2008 11:46am EDT
Sesame Street
For nearly 40 years Jim Henson’s Muppets have captivated audiences young and old, whether down the block on Sesame Street, from backstage on their own syndicated variety show, or even on the big screen. They’ve earned fans in Kanye West, Feist, Weezer, and Jason Segel, who’s been commissioned to bring them back to the moviehouse. This is the story of Jim Henson and how he built his beloved empire from a discarded housecoat and a pair of ping-pong balls.

When I lived in L.A., one of my favorite pastimes was walking up La Brea Avenue toward Hollywood Boulevard. Amid the hip boutiques, ch...

Paul Simon's Teenage Son Records First Album

August 28th, 2008 2:36pm EDT
Paul Simon
Paul Simon's son Adrian is rapidly following in his father's footsteps - the 15 year old has finished recording his first album with a band of New York high school friends. The eldest son of Simon and Edie Brickell has formed the band Ivy League with pals Alex Beer, Dan Hockstein and Drew Abramowitz after meeting at school - the same way Paul Simon met longtime singing partner Art Garfunkel.

The band has built up an army of fans, after posting videos and tracks online and performing low-key gigs in the New York area.

And now they are preparing to release their debut album, The Nor...

Paul Simon Sues Clock Maker

July 20th, 2008 9:04am EDT
Paul Simon
Singer/songwriter Paul Simon has launched a multi-million dollar lawsuit against a clock manufacturer for allegedly using an extract of his hit song Bridge Over Troubled Water.

Simon has filed papers at the U.S. Federal Court in Manhattan, New York claiming Georgia-based-firm Rhythm USA used the famous tune in a range of wall clocks without his permission.

The lawsuit states that the company "knew or should have known that they were violating (Simon's) rights and have realized millions of dollars from their infringing actions."

Simon is seeking $10 million in damages.


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