Deep Dive: Paul Simon, Rhyming Simon

Paul Simon‘s album, There Goes Rhymin Simon, continued exploring gospel and Dixieland music.  Simon recorded in Alabama with the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.  In a bit of musical loose associations, the Swampers are real musicians. They’re not just a reference in that Lynyrd Skynyrd song.  You might win music trivia knowing that David Hood is Patterson Hood‘s (Drive-By Truckers) dad.

Dozens of music legends contributed to this record.  Allen Toussaint arranged the horns. Also, Quincy Jones arranged strings on Rhymin Simon.  The Dixie Hummingbirds sang the gorgeous group vocals.  This album yielded several beloved singles.  We jammed to “Loves Me Like a Rock,” “Kodachrome,” and “American Tune.”

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