Music Diary – 3rd November

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 3rd November!

BERT JANSCH (3rd November 1943 - 5th October 2011)

BERT JANSCH (3rd November 1943 – 5th October 2011)

On the 3rd November 1943, the Folk singer and guitarist Herbert „Bert“ Jansch was born in Glasgow, Scotland. In the sixties he was very popular in London as an outstanding singer-songwriter and became one of the leading figures of the British Folk revival. In 1968 he was a co-founder of the band Pentangle, which broke up in 1972. Later he worked on different projects and in the eighties Bert Jansch reformed Pentangle but left the group in 1995.

After that and until his death on the 5th October 2011, Bert Jansch continued working as a solo artist. He recorded over 20 albums and his unique musical style influenced a number of other artitsts like
Al Stewart, Paul Simon, Johnny Marr, Elton John, Ian Anderson, Bernie Taupin, Bernard Butler, Jimmy Page, Nick Drake, Graham Coxon, Donovan, Neil Young, Fleet Foxes, Devendra Banhart, Neil Halstead and Roy Harper.

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Music Diary – 13th October

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 13th October!

Paul Simon

On the 13th October 1941 Mr. Paul Frederic Simon was born in Newark, New Jersey. In 1952 he met his future music partner Art Garfunkel for the first time. The duo performed in a procuction of „Alice in Wonderland“ and two years later, Simon (Guitar and Vocals) and Garfunkel (Vocals) began singing together. One of the first tunes they wrote and played together was „The Girl of me“ which became a hit in their close neighborhood. At the Library of Congress this historic piece of paper with all the chords and words is exhibited. In 1957 the duo performed under the moniker Tom & Jerry and their song „Hey, Schoolgirl“ was released by Big Records. The single crawled until to No. 49 on the pop charts.

In 1964 Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel performed as Simon & Garfunkel. Many singles charted all around the world like the classics „The Sound of Silence„, „Mrs. Robinson“ and „Bridge Over Troubled Water„. At the height popularity the duo split in 1970 and both started their successful solo careers. In 1981 Simon & Garfunkel reunited again for the famous „Concert in Central Park„, but parted again very soon after.

In 2003 they toured  together again under the banner „Old Friends“.

Paul Simon’s slef-titled second solo album went in 1972 on No. 4 in the US. „There Goes Rhymin‘ Simon“ reached one year later the second place in the charts and „Still Crazy After All These Years“ was the first No. 1 album position for Paul Simon as a solo artist. With „Graceland“ (1986) the American musician recorded a real milestone in pop history. The album won the „1987 Grammy Award“ for „Album of the Year“ and the title song received one year later the „1988 Grammy Award“ for „Record of the Year„.

All in all Paul Simon received 12 „Grammys“ for his work, including the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Music Diary – 19th September

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 19th September!

Simon & Garfunkel - The Concert in Central Park (rec. 1981; ed. 1982)On the 19th September 1981 the reunion concert of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel took place at the Central Park in New York. It was a free benefit concert, where the legandary folk duo performed in front of appr. 500,000 people. The show was recorded and released in February 1982 as a double album and video titled „The Concert In Central Park“ by Geffen Records.

The complete show consisted of 21 songs, 19 were released on the album including classics like „The Sound of Silence„, „Mrs. Robinson„, „Bridge over troubled Water“ and „Scarborough Fair„.

The concert was a huge success and Simon & Garfunkel toured – more or less – around the world in 1982. After that Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel separated again and worked further on their solo careers.

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