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    • 21.07.11 | 15:58 (IDT)

    Paul Simon was born in Newark, New Jersey, to Jewish immigrant parents from Hungary. His father, Louis Simon (1916–1995), was a professional musician who played the bass, while his mother, Belle (1910–2007), was an elementary school teacher. Having also been trained as a musician, she gave private music lessons in her spare time. In Hungary, his father was a first violinist on the main Budapest radio station. Donald Fagen, lead singer for the rock band Steely Dan, has described Simon's childhood as that of "a certain kind of New York Jew, almost a stereotype, really, to whom music and baseball are very important. I think it has to do with the parents. The parents are either immigrants or first generation Americans who felt like outsiders, and assimilation was the key thought — they gravitated to black music and baseball looking for an alternative culture."[10] Simon, upon hearing Fagen's description, claimed it "isn't far from the truth."[10] Simon says about his childhood, "I was a ballplayer. I'd go on my bike, and I'd hustle kids in stickball." He adds that his father was a Yankee fan:

    from the article: Still singing after all these years; Paul Simon returns to Israel
    First published 10:02 21.07.11 | Last updated 10:02 21.07.11
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