As Paul Simon’s “Homeward Bound” farewell tour rolls into Manchester, England tonight (July 10th), Britain’s Independent listed the top dozen songs of Simon’s solo career. Holding the top spot was the title track from the multi-platinum 1986 Grammy Award-winning Graceland set, followed by 1973’s “American Tune,” with 1975’s “Still Crazy After All These Years” coming in at Number Three. Number Four was Simon’s 1986 comeback hit “You Can Call Me Al,” with the Top Five rounded out by Simon’s only solo chart-topper to date, 1975’s “50 Ways To Leave Your Love” — which held down the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks in early-’76.
Throughout the decades, Paul Simon has never taken for granted being able to move through his life and work with relative autonomy: “I can do whatever I want artistically in my work. My work is accepted to lesser or greater degrees. Some things, sometimes are very popular. Sometimes it’s less popular — but essentially, I mean, people are willing to listen, or watch, or read what it is that I make up.” , 2002; Surprise, 2006 12. “Wristband” – Stranger To Stranger, 2016
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