It’s not a shock that Homeward Sure: Grammy Salute to the Songs of Paul Simon, which aired on CBS on Wednesday Dec. 21, was so satisfying.
Paul Simon has lengthy been thought to be one among our high songwriters. He gained the 1970 Grammy for music of the 12 months for “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and was nominated in that class for “Mrs. Robinson” and “Graceland.” He was inducted into the Songwriters Corridor of Fame in 1982 and acquired that group’s highest honor, the Johnny Mercer Award, in 1998. In 2007, he turned the inaugural recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Widespread Music.
Lots of the members on the two-hour particular spoke warmly about Simon’s songs. Elton John recalled early days when he and Bernie Taupin would sit on the ground listening to Simon & Garfunkel’s Bookends by way of headphones and marvel on the songs and the sounds. Garth Brooks sai,d “When your stuff was taking part in, our home was a candy place to be in.” Dustin Hoffman mentioned, “The Graduate wouldn’t be The Graduate” with out Simon’s songs. Sting, Herbie Hancock, Oprah Winfrey and actor Woody Harrelson additionally paid tribute to the grasp songwriter.
Ken Ehrlich, who was the producer or govt producer of the annual Grammy telecast for 4 many years from 1980-2020, govt produced this particular (and co-wrote it with David Wild). Ehrlich’s expertise, style and connections are an enormous cause the present was so compelling.
Listed here are 9 of essentially the most memorable performances from the particular, which is out there to stream on demand on Paramount+.