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The same George but a different Paul

In Okategoriserade on 29 April, 2011 at 14:15

Every day’s an endless dream of cigarettes and magazines
And each town looks the same to me, the movies and the factories
And every stranger’s face I see reminds me that I long to be
Homeward bound…

 On the 20 november 1976 Paul Simon was a guest at American TV show Saturday Night Live, maybe the prime school for generations of American comedians. The series, produced by Lorne Michaels, was then into its second season and one can imagine that the show by then had found its format. As most of you may recall, the guests often took part as actors in well written comedy sticks, which gave the audience a chance to see its favorites under somewhat different circumstances.

Paul Simon seems to be a particularly nice and easy-going person, with his both feet firmly on the ground. He seem to adopt well to the acting situation and his under-dog persona. I´m sure you also remember him taking on a similar role the following year, as Annie Hall´s boyfriend in Woody Allen´s brilliant film.

Anyway, in this particular TV show, Paul also sang Bridge Over Troubled Water, 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (a much underrated favourite of mine!) and Something So Right (another one!). However, the real crown jewels were the presentations of Simon & Garfunkel´s  Homeward Bound and Beatles´ Here Comes The Sun, both performed by Paul and George Harrison. The two legends seem comfortable singing their old classics together. They both duly took part in the show´s comical episodes: The show started off with a sketch that was performed by Paul and Chevy Chase – maybe the latter´s part in the video of Paul´s You Can Call Me Al was some kind of payback?

I´m currently reading a biography on Paul and there are always many reasons to always return to this musical giant, having initially been a part of the old Brill building, then going through his folksinger period, his Byrds-wannabe period, introducing world music to the world, etc. Among other things…

Anyway, here you can see Paul and George in a brief piece of history.



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