Paul Simon - Paul Simon Turns 70
Happy birthday, Paul Simon - the singer/songwriter turns 70 today (13Oct11).
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 Who Shaped the World by Time magazine in 2006.
- He met his songwriting partner Art Garfunkel at school when he was just 11; the two first recorded under the name Tom and Jerry.
- He's been married three times - his second wife was Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher.
- Music runs in the Simon family - Paul's dad Louis was a professional bassist and violinist, and his mother Belle gave private music lessons. Paul's sons Adrian and Harper are also musicians.
- Simon picked up an honorary doctorate from Massachusetts' Brandeis University last year (10).
- He shares his birthday with Ashanti, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kelly Preston, Marie Osmond and Margaret Thatcher.
- He's dabbled in acting - he wrote and starred in the 1980 movie One-Trick Pony and played record producer Tony Lacey in Woody Allen's Annie Hall.
- He fell for actress Shelley Duvall while filming Annie Hall and they shared an apartment together in Manhattan before breaking up in 1979.
- Simon is left-handed but plays the guitar right-handed.
- More than 500,000 fans flocked to see his New York City reunion with Garfunkel in 1981, making their famous Concert in Central Park the seventh most attended gig in history.