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Paul Simon first entered the music business with partner Art Garfunkel in the duo Tom And Jerry. In 1957, they scored a US hit with the Rock 'n' Roll influenced Hey, Schoolgirl. After one album, they split up in order to return to college.
Employing various pseudonyms, Simon enjoyed a couple of minor US hits during 1962-63 as Tico And The Triumphs (Motorcycle) and Jerry Landis (The Lone Teen Ranger). After moving to Europe in 1964, Simon busked in Paris and appeared at various folk clubs in London. Upon returning to New York, he was signed to CBS Records by producer Tom Wilson and reunited with his erstwhile partner Garfunkel.
Between 1965 and 1970, Simon and Garfunkel became one of the most successful recording duos in the history of popular music. The partnership ended amid musical disagreements and a realization that they had grown apart.
After the break-up, Simon took songwriting classes in New York and prepared a stylistically diverse solo album, Paul Simon. The work incorporated elements of Latin, reggae and jazz and spawned the hit singles Mother and Child Reunion and Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard.
In 1984 Simon was introduced to the enlivening music of the South African black townships. After an appearance at the celebrated USA For Africa recording of We Are The World, Simon immersed himself in the music of the Dark Continent soon after creating: Graceland, one of the most intriguing and commercially successful albums of the decade.