Thursday, 24 May 2018

The First Time With... Paul Simon

THE FIRST TIME WITH... PAUL SIMON (320kbs-m4a/129mb/56mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 22nd February 2018


Paul Simon shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2016.

Paul Simon remains one of the most acclaimed and popular songwriters of all time. His first recording was released in 1958, but these days he rarely puts his craft under the spotlight and often avoids discussing his extraordinary back catalogue. However, in this special edition of The First Time, recorded in the lead-up to the release of his acclaimed album Stranger to Stranger, Paul discusses the songs (both his own and those by his heroes) that changed his life.

Paul remembers a childhood obsessed with "baseball, girls and rock 'n' roll", first meeting with Art Garfunkel, his time in the UK as part of the burgeoning and inspiring ealy '60s folk scene and the stories behind the writing and recording of some of Simon & Garfunkel's biggest songs.

He also discusses his approach to songwriting, the impact the phenomenal global and cultural success of his album Graceland had, and the making of the Stranger to Stranger album.

Simon & Garfunkel - Mrs. Robinson
Paul Simon - Late in the Evening (Warner Bros)
The Crows - Gee
Nat King Cole - Too Young
Johnny Ace - Pledging My Love
Tom & Jerry - True Or False
Julius La Rosa - Anywhere I Wander
Anne Briggs - My Bonny Boy
Paul Simon - I Am A Rock
Little Walter - My Babe
The Swan Silvertones - Oh Mary Don't You Weep
The Everly Brothers - Long Time Gone
Aretha Franklin - Bridge Over Troubled Water
Paul Simon - Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard (Warner Bros)
Simon & Garfunkel - The Boxer (Columbia)
Simon & Garfunkel - So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright (Columbia)
Simon & Garfunkel - The Only Living Boy In New York (Columbia)
Simon & Garfunkel - Cecilia (Columbia)
Paul Simon - 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (Warner Bros)
Paul Simon - The Boy In The Bubble (Warner Bros)
Paul Simon - The Werewolf
Ensemble Of The Bulgarian Republic - Polegnala E Todora (Theodora Is Dozing)
Elvis Presley - Mystery Train (RCA)

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