Paul Simon (b. 1941) is a famous singer and songwriter. With his childhood friend Art Garfunkel, he achieved fame during the 1960s with many classic folk-rock songs, including "The Sound of Silence," "Mrs. Robinson," and "Bridge over Troubled Water."
Simon taped several segments on Sesame Street during Season 8, making a memorable appearance performing "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" with a girl named Leslie who improvised her own verses. He also performed "El Condor Pasa," "St. Judy's Comet," "I Make Up Songs", and a portion of "Get Back" by The Beatles (First: Episode 1088) prefaced with a song made up by the aforementioned Leslie and some other kids named Ricardo, Harper, Ruby, and Jill.
The following season, he featured in a film in which he and his son Harper (b. 1972) recorded "Bingo" to demonstrate how vinyl records are made (First: Episode 1133). Simon returned to the show years later to perform "African Alphabet" with Ladysmith Black Mambazo and appeared in the celebrity version of "Put Down the Duckie."
- In 2007, Simon was honored by the Library of Congress in the special Celebrating the Music of Paul Simon. Grover and Elmo paid tribute by singing "Feelin' Groovy."
- In Miss Piggy's Rules, Miss Piggy talks about her "close, personal friend and fellow famous person, Paul Simon." She then continues on with a list of fifty favorite ways to leave the former man of your dreams after referencing Simon's song "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover."
- script for Episode 1088