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Paul Simon b. 1941

As one half of the folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel and as a solo artist, Paul Simon has put his stamp on American music. Between 1964 and 1970, Simon and Garfunkel released such memorable songs as "The Sounds of Silence," "The Boxer," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," and "Mrs. Robinson," which became the breakout hit of the 1967 movie The Graduate. When the duo split, Simon began experimenting with various styles, including reggae and South African music on the Grammy-winning album Graceland. Inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Simon received the first Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2009.