Album of the Day: Paul Simon (8/12/86)

41WV1VT99SL._SL160_

After ditching his sidekick Art Garfunkel in 1970, sixties folkie Paul Simon switched to light pop-rock during the 70s and released an incredible string of AM pop-rock hits over the next 10 years. Starting with “Mother And Child Reunion” in 1972, Simon recorded the Top 20 hits “Kodachrome,” “Loves Me Like A Rock,” 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover,” “Slip Slidin’ Away,” and finally “Late In The Evening” in 1982.  After a four year dry spell, he scored big time with the album Graceland (released August 12, 1986), which became his biggest solo seller and a Grammy winner for Best Album of the Year. And no wonder. Paul rode the anti-apartheid, neo-world music wave on Graceland and created a rhythmic goldmine of accessible, African-based pop tunes that crossed over pop, R&B and international boundaries (and charts).  Graceland is on Amazon and iTunes, and Paul Simon is in Dr. Rock’s Playlist Vault.

Advertisements

, , , ,

  1. Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: