Friday, 9 February 2018

You Can Call Me Paul: Johnnie Walker Meets Paul Simon

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 26th December 2017

Beth Ditto continues her Wise Women curation with a programme first broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2011 in which Paul Simon talks to Johnnie Walker about his long career in music.

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel first troubled the charts in 1957 with their pop hit Hey Schoolgirl, released under the moniker Tom & Jerry. Johnnie finds out how, at nearly 16 years old, Paul Simon found himself performing for Dick Clark on the hit TV show American Bandstand. The singer-songwriter went on to pen pop standards such as Bridge Over Troubled Water, Mrs Robinson and You Can Call Me Al. He was selected by Time Magazine as one of the "100 People Who Shaped The World".

Simon talks openly about his relationship with his father, his time in the UK during the 60s, his work with Art Garfunkel, his immense solo success, and the writing of his album So Beautiful Or So What.

The pair bond over the importance of family and Paul's long-lasting love affair with rhythm and song-writing, during an interview which was recorded in Norwalk, Connecticut during rehearsals for Paul's 2011 tour.

Paul Simon - Getting Ready For Christmas Day [Hear Music]
Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
Elvis Presley - Mystery Train
The Mystics - All Through The Night
Tom & Jerry - Hey School Girl
Tico & The Triumphs - The Lone Teen Ranger
The Cosines - Just To Be With You
Simon & Garfunkel - The Sound Of Silence [Columbia]
Paul Simon - A Most Peculiar Man
Paul Simon - The Afterlife
Simon & Garfunkel - Mrs. Robinson [Columbia]
Paul Simon - Dazzling Blue
Paul Simon - Love And Hard Times
Paul Simon - St. Judy's Comet
Paul Simon - Father and Daughter
Paul Simon - Love And Blessings
Paul Simon - 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover [Warner Bros]
Paul Simon - So Beautiful Or So What
Paul Simon - Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes [Warner Bros]
Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al
Paul Simon - Rewrite
Paul Simon - The Sound Of Silence
Paul Simon - Questions For The Angels
Paul Simon - American Tune [Warner Bros]
Paul Simon - Born At The Right Time [Warner Bros]

1 comment:

  1. Thank you very much for UL this Paul Simon post. I had no time to listen to. Finally when I had the time this interview was gone. Have a good day and I will have mine. Kind regards from Holland Europe