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Paul Simon Turns 70, Plans 2012 Graceland Tour

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Singer Paul Simon, better-known for his success from his work with former musical partner Art Garfunkel, turned 70 today, and what better way to let loose than with a new tour.

In celebration of his Grammy-winning “Graceland” album’s 25th anniversary, Simon has recently announced his plans to reunite with the musical acts he played with when the album was originally released for a special tour in 2012.

With a reported 14 million copies sold worldwide, “Graceland” is the best-selling album of Simon’s career. It ranked at No. 91 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 2003 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

In addition to the tour, the talented musician will also release a box set, which will include a documentary about the album.

“The documentary took me back to the artistic aspects and the political aspects of making ‘Graceland’ and the controversy that surrounded it and how it was resolved, plus what remains of it and what we learn from it,” says Simon.

Back in 1987, Simon collaborated with several African artists for the album, including trumpeter Hugh Masekela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo in South Africa. He was accused at the time of breaking the cultural boycott against the apartheid regime in the region.

Over the course of his impressive musical journey, which began in 1965 with Simon & Garfunkel and later evolved into a successful solo career, Simon has earned 13 Grammys, including the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Below, check out a short clip from Paul Simon’s Graceland South Africa Concert in 1987:

via Billboard

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6 Responses to “Paul Simon Turns 70, Plans 2012 Graceland Tour”

  1. Lindsey Bagwell Strope

    Wow! Paul Simon turns 70. I heard his music for the first time when I was 10. My mother was teaching Sunday school and she played "Sounds of Silence" then had us analyze the lyrics as our church lesson for the day. Rock on, Paul , and pull through Mama.

  2. Blossom White Gardner

    Met him at Columbia Broadcasting studios in NYC when I was visiting my friend who lived with Bobby Colomby, the drummer for Blood, Sweat, & Tears. We were at the studio visiting Bobby and Paul brought his song writing class from Columbia University in. He was gracious and attentive when Bobby introduced me. No snob here! What lucky kids to have him as a teacher–only about 5 of them. I was impressed with his kindness and that he was about my height.