Mother and Child Reunion – Paul Simon

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………………on February 5th of 1972 Paul Simon releases his first new song without Art Garfunkel, “Mother and Child Reunion”, which will peak at number four in the US. Simon got the idea for the song’s title from a chicken-and-egg dish called Mother and Child Reunion that he saw on a Chinese restaurant’s menu. Simon wrote this in response to the Jimmy Cliff song “Vietnam,” where a mother receives a letter about her son’s death on the battlefield. Simon recorded “Mother and Child Reunion” in Jamaica using Cliff’s musicians, hence the very authentic sound. Simon said of the song that it “became the first reggae hit by a non-Jamaican white guy outside Jamaica.” Paul Simon was ahead of the trend when he released this reggae-infused song: Johnny Nash went to #1 US later in 1972 with “I Can See Clearly Now,” and Eric Clapton topped the chart with “I Shot The Sheriff” (a Bob Marley cover) in 1974. Simon’s first solo effort was also a hit in the UK peaking at #5.

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    1. My info comes from many different sources. I still use Lillian Roxton’s “Rock Encyclopedia” and Rolling Stone’s “History of Rock” as well as the net of course. I rather enjoy doing the research. Thanks for your comment.

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