->''If you'll be my bodyguard,\\
I can be your long-lost pal.\\
I can call you Betty,\\
And Betty, when you call me you can call me Al.''
-->"You Can Call Me Al"

Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American folk and rock musician known both for his initial career in the folk-rock duo Music/SimonAndGarfunkel and his eclectic solo career, which has ranged from straightforward pop, rock and folk to world music explorations.

Simon first got together with Art {{Garfunkel}} in 1957 under the name "Tom and Jerry", but the partnership only became permanent with the success of their 1964 SignatureSong "The Sounds of Silence". The duo released a string of critically acclaimed albums and became famous for their close harmonies and Simon's alternately surreal, poetic and humorous lyrics, before calling it a day in 1970.

Simon quickly moved on to a solo career, releasing the eponymous ''Paul Simon'' in 1972. For the rest of TheSeventies, Simon pursued a jazz-pop sound with occasional elements from other genres such as gospel ("Loves Me Like a Rock") and reggae ("Mother and Child Reunion"). While his first three albums were greeted warmly by the record-buying public and critics, he went on a hiatus after 1976, dabbling with acting for a while. His supposed "comeback" records between 1980-1986 saw him abandoning his jazzy sound in favour of more experimentation and sold poorly.

However, Simon rebounded with ''Music/{{Graceland}}'' (1985). Recorded in UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica with a cast of talented African musicians and containing a fusion of Western pop-rock and folk music with African genres such as isicathamiya and mbaqanga, the album was released in 1986 to a wildly positive response despite criticism of Simon for recording in South Africa [[CompletelyMissingThePoint at the height of Apartheid]]. The album re-established Simon as a successful artist and became an enduring benchmark by which "world music" experiments by other pop artists are measured.

Away from the music world, Simon is a member of the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' Five-Timer's Club (even appearing in the original titular sketch). His memorable music video for "You Can Call Me Al" features Creator/ChevyChase.

!!Paul Simon albums with their own article on TV Tropes:

* ''Music/{{Graceland}}'' (1985)
!!This musician provides examples of:
* AlbumTitleDrop: From "Everything About It is a Love Song"
-->''At a birthday party''
-->''Make a wish and close your eyes.''
-->'''''Surprise''', surprise, surprise.''
* AmericanTitle: "American Tune".
* BornInTheWrongCentury: Inverted and defied by "Born At the Right Time".
* ComingOfAgeStory: "Duncan" is largely this, complete with dose of SexAsRiteOfPassage towards the end.
* ConceptAlbum: ''Graceland''.
* CultureClash: All the questions in "How Can You Live in the Northeast?" point to one.
* EitherOrTitle: "The Myth of Fingerprints, or, All Around the World".
* LyricalDissonance:
** "Boy In The Bubble".
** Also from Graceland - "That Was Your Mother" - The upbeat zydeco music disguises the fact that the lyrics are basically a father complaining to their child that he and his mother don't have much fun since he was born.
** "Mother and Child Reunion" - An upbeat, reggae-flavored song about a father trying to console a child about the death of the mother.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Averaging 2-3 before the world music started. After, we probably need a different scale.
* NoodleIncident: [[ShrugOfGod Not even Simon knows]] what Mama saw in "Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard".
* NotChristianRock:
** 2011's ''So Beautiful Or So What'' contains many references to God and angels. Paul says he didn't notice.
** There's been plenty of speculation over the meaning of the line "The cross is in the ballpark" in "Obvious Child".
* PerformanceVideo: "You Can Call Me Al" is a parody of this, with Chevy Chase lip-syncing the lyrics while Simon plays various instruments.
* RightThroughTheWall: Alluded to in "Duncan".
* SelfTitledAlbum: Simon's 1970 album.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: "A Simple Desultory Philippic (Or How I Was Robert [=McNamara=]'d Into Submission)"
** From "You Can Call Me Al": "All along along/There were incidents and accidents/There were hints and allegations"
** "The Dangling Conversation".
* ShoutOut:
** "Old", from ''You're The One''. It not only name drops Buddy Holly, but is very reminiscent of Holly's guitar riffs.
** The zydeco song "That Was Your Mother":
--> Clifton Chenier, the King of the Bayou
--> Standing in the shadow of Clifton Chenier
** "The Late Great Johnny Ace", from ''Hearts and Bones'', is at once a Shout Out to Johnny Ace, UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy and InMemoriam to Music/JohnLennon -- three Johns who were killed by a firearm.
* SignatureStyle: Lyrically, at least.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Started cynical-ish, especially on early SimonAndGarfunkel records, but he's always had a foot in idealism.
* SpiritualSuccessor: "Graceland" is similar to "Hearts and Bones" musically and lyrically, since they're both about actual road trips Simon took and both were inspired by the collapse of his marriage with Creator/CarrieFisher. And they were both the title songs of their respective albums.
* ToAbsentFriends: Combined with DrowningMySorrows at the end of "The Late Great Johnny Ace".
* TropeCodifier: He was the first to succeed at bringing world music to mainstream America's attention. That is, if you don't count Music/TheBeatles experimenting with Indian music on ''Music/RubberSoul'' and ''Music/{{Revolver}}''.
* TruckDriversGearChange: Done in the middle of the last verse of "Still Crazy After All These Years".
* UptownGirl: "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" from ''Graceland'' is ''explicitly'' about this trope.
* WordSaladLyrics: "Boy In The Bubble" borders on this.