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The Religious Affiliation of Singer
of Simon & Garfunkel
Paul Simon was Jewish.
From: "Paul Simon" article on "The Challah Fame: Who's Who in Jewish Rock" website (http://www.jewsrock.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=challah.view&page=S; viewed 23 November 2005):
Does it get more Jewish than a cameo in Annie Hall? Since his start as a sixteen-year-old charting with "Hey Schoolgirl" in 1957, Paul Simon has always been a Jewish musical hero. This is, after all, a guy who played under the name "Jerry Landis" for a bit in 1963, making him perhaps the only Jew in rock to ever try changing his name to something more Jewish. Of course, he found real success recording under his real name with Art Garfunkel, but Simon was never fully wedded to the duo. As early in 1965, he was recording as a solo artist in Britain. From Wednesday Morning, 3 AM in 1964 to Bridge Over Troubled Water in 1970, Simon and Garfunkel could be found in every college dorm in America. Paul Simon, Simon's first solo outing after the group split, sold a million copies in 1972, as did the next year's There Goes Rhymin' Simon. Still Crazy After All These Years (1975) and Graceland (1986) both won Grammy awards for Album of the Year. In the nineties, Simon's foray into Broadway, 1997's Songs from the Capema, was a flop, but his live concert in Central Park at the start of the decade was a huge success, cementing his role as the quintessential Jewish New Yorker.
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