John Simon, Songwriter, and Producer of Landmark Albums of the '60s
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Composer, pianist, singer, producer, and arranger John Simon has been busy ever since producing classic albums in the 1960s, such as Leonard Cohen's first album "Songs of Leonard Cohen", "Bookends" by Simon & Garfunkel, and "Cheap Thrllls" by Big Brother & the Holding Company (with Janis Joplin). For The Band he produced and played on their first album "Music From Big Pink" and its followup, "The Band," as well as serving as Musical Director their filmed concert "The Last Waltz."
"John Simon's Album," his first, released in 1970, and his subsequent albums such as "Journey" (1972), display the imagination, ingenuity, and catchiness of Simon's own songwriting.
Back in 1996 David Garland welcomed John Simon to the WNYC Studio to perform and to talk about Simon's music and career. Here are highlights from that session, featuring John Simon's solo renditions of several of his songs, music from some of the aforementioned albums, and excerpts from other productions of his, such as the sonic collage album "The Medium is the Massage," and the hit single "Red Rubber Ball."
On Thursday, April 25, John Simon returns to New York City to perform at Joe's Pub.