Saturday, June 15, 2024

Paul Simon Sells His Amazing Song Catalog of Hits to Sony Music Publishing for More than Bob Dylan? (Probably)


The cashing out of legacy rock stars continues apace.

Paul Simon has sold his amazing, may I say incredible, song catalog to Sony Music Publishing. For more than Bob Dylan’s $300 million? I sure hope so.

You can’t stop listing Simon’s hits, secondary hits, and so on. From “The Sound of SIlence” and “Red Rubber Ball” at the beginning of his career, through five albums of Simon & Garfunkel classics like “Bridge over Troubled Water” — a gem in the crown — to “American Tune,” “Mother and Child Reunion.” “Graceland,” and four albums of great songs from recent releases that are yet to be mined or marketed properly.

For example, there’s a song called “Father and Daughter” that should be the “Forever Young” of his later catalog. And there are many more like it.

Not to mention “Mrs. Robinson,” “Still Crazy After All These Years,” “Slip Sliding Away,” and on and on.

Simon, who will be 80 this year, has set up his family for life. They better give him a big birthday party.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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