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


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.


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