Early Paul Simon
September 21, 2008 10:09 AM   Subscribe

I've been trying to play this for decades but my version always lacked something the original had: another guitar! Amazing how the two favor each other.
posted by RussHy at 10:17 AM on September 21, 2008

The camera keeps cutting away to the faces of admiring girls in the audience, more or less explaining why short, balding young men take up the guitar so obsessively as to excel. All theories about art and sexual selection are barking up the right tree.
posted by shambles at 10:27 AM on September 21, 2008

Hey, wow! There are two of him! Stack them on top of each other, and then I can go out with Paul Simon and not feel like a giant!

::loves Paul Simon with a burning intensity and is mildly bothered by the fact that a man I will never meet is so much older and shorter than I::
posted by nosila at 10:29 AM on September 21, 2008 [1 favorite]

Heh...my comment is so apropos of shambles's comment. giggle!
posted by nosila at 10:30 AM on September 21, 2008

I always thought this song would be a chick magnet.
posted by RussHy at 10:32 AM on September 21, 2008

Here they are in a more recent version, after years of face lifts and botox.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 10:44 AM on September 21, 2008 [1 favorite]

Paul Simon is one of the best guitarists ever. I just love the guy.
posted by ORthey at 11:01 AM on September 21, 2008

oh wow. Who knew Paul had a brother? I'm amazed what a great guitarist he is. huh. I thought at first this was some kind of joke video, they looked so alike. Did a bit of googling around. So it really is his younger brother by four years, Eddie.

From comments on YouTube:
Ed Simon was also a singer as well. Around 5 years earlier, he'd made a record on the Tornado label (#1007), "Beach Boy" / "Pretty Lass". In 1968, he was a part of a group called the Guild Light Cage with a record called "The 14th Annual Fun And Pleasure Fair" / "Cloudy", the latter written by brother Paul.

Hi Fred. I was a member of the Guild Light Gauge. Do I know you? Fern

"A more gifted musician than his brother, Eddie recorded in 1968 with a group called the Guild Light Cage, but has made his mark as a guitar teacher, and has worked behind the scenes on Paul’s career, as well as in the radio industry."

Could the name of his groupa have been Guild Light Guage (maybe based on Guild light gauge acoustic guitar strings)? Yup, I think so.

A bit of information:

From Art Garfunkel's site: At the request of Eddie Simon (Paul's brother), Art Garfunkel gave a 3-hour harmony session at Eddie's guitar school in New York.

Meet the Siblings: Eddie Simon and Jerome Garfunkel

"Once a member of a band called Guild Light Cage, Simon became better known as a teacher at the Guitar Study Center, now part of the New School in Manhattan. (It may always have been part of the New School.)"

Guitar Study Center
55 West 13th Street, NYC
phone 212.229.5873

The Guitar Study Center was founded by Paul's brother, Eddie.

"The younger brother of singer/songwriter Paul Simon, Eddie Simon chose a somewhat different route to musical expression, more or less dictated by his musical abilities, which manifested themselves very early in life.

By all accounts a much more natural musician than his more famous sibling, the younger Simon was proficient on guitar -- and was learning classical technique -- while Paul Simon was still trying to find an instrument to adopt as his own and settled on the guitar.

A near dead-ringer for his brother both physically (he was reportedly mobbed for photos on several occasions by people mistaking him for Paul) and as a singer and musician, Eddie Simon emerged quietly before the public in a background capacity, working behind the scenes for Simon & Garfunkel on their later tours.

In 1967, he was also apparently involved in the initial formation of the folk-rock group Wings, which was comprised of ex-Spanky & Our Gang member Oz Bach and latter-day Serendipity Singers alumna Pam Robins -- Simon had been replaced by Jim Mason by the time the group became fully organized and began recording, however.

During 1968, he was involved with a group called the Guild Light Cage, who recorded a single of "The 14th Annual Fun And Pleasure Fair" b/w "Cloudy" -- the latter a Paul Simon song -- during their history together. In the 1970's, Simon established himself as a successful guitar teacher in New York through the Guitar Study Center, and was reportedly involved in the radio business as well; he has also turned up in various documentaries by and about Simon & Garfunkel and Paul Simon, as well as in various feature articles about his brother's career. ~ Bruce Eder"

Well, in any case, I loved this post, love the music. Thank you RussHy.
posted by nickyskye at 12:09 PM on September 21, 2008 [2 favorites]

Here they are in a more recent version

posted by Horace Rumpole at 12:59 PM on September 21, 2008

Wow, small world. This is one of my dad's favorite songs to play on the guitar. He plays both guitar parts at the same time (or at least something very close to it). He's a great finger picker and there's been many times I've sat in awe watching him play this, wishing I had half his talent. Thanks for the link, it brightened my day.
posted by kryptondog at 6:13 PM on September 21, 2008

Which one is which? They both have the same haircut and both make the same goofy face.
posted by chillmost at 5:48 AM on September 22, 2008

Ah, that's a fine song. And some pretty amazing guitar chops.
posted by eritain at 8:53 PM on September 22, 2008

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