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Encyclopedia > Graceland (album)
Graceland
Graceland cover
Studio album by Paul Simon
Released August 12, 1986
Recorded October 1985-June 1986
Genre Rock
Length 44:43
Label Warner Bros.
Producer(s) Paul Simon
Professional reviews
Paul Simon chronology
Hearts & Bones
(1983)
Graceland
(1986)
The Rhythm of the Saints
(1990)

Graceland is an album released in 1986 by Paul Simon. The title track was inspired by a visit to Graceland, Elvis Presley's estate in Memphis, Tennessee. Simon, in the Graceland Classic Albums video, has said that he considers it the best song he has ever written. Image File history File links Graceland by Paul Simon This image is the cover of an album or single. ... A Studio Album is an album of regular studio recordings. ... Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, half of the folk-singing duo Simon and Garfunkel who continues a successful solo career. ... August 12 is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Warner Bros. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the performers, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes . ... Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, half of the folk-singing duo Simon and Garfunkel who continues a successful solo career. ... Image File history File links 5_stars. ... Robert Christgau (sometimes abbreviated in print to Xgau), born April 18, 1942, is an American essayist, music journalist, and rock critic. ... Rolling Stone is an American magazine devoted to music, politics and popular culture. ... Image File history File links 5_stars. ... Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, half of the folk-singing duo Simon and Garfunkel who continues a successful solo career. ... Hearts and Bones is a rock and roll album released in 1983 by Paul Simon. ... The Rhythm of the Saints is an album released in 1990 by Paul Simon. ... Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, half of the folk-singing duo Simon and Garfunkel who continues a successful solo career. ... Graceland. ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The River City, The Bluff City, M-Town Location Location in Shelby County and the state of Tennessee Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Tennessee Shelby County Mayor W. W. Herenton (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 294. ... Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Largest metro area Nashville Area  Ranked 36th  - Total 42,169 sq mi (109,247 km²)  - Width 120 miles (195 km)  - Length 440 miles (710 km)  - % water 2. ...


Coming at a time when Simon's musical career was at something of a low ebb following the disappointing public response of Hearts and Bones (album), the project was originally inspired by Simon's repeated listening to a cassette of the Boyoyo Boys instrumental "Gumboots", given to him by a friend. He later wrote lyrics to sing over a re-recording of the song, which became the fourth track on the album. Hearts and Bones is a rock and roll album released in 1983 by Paul Simon. ...


Much of the album was recorded in South Africa and featured many South African musicians and groups. Simon faced accusations that he had broken the cultural boycott imposed by the rest of the world against the apartheid regime in South Africa. This view was not supported by the United Nations Anti-Apartheid Committee, as the album showcased the talents of the black South African musicians while offering no support to the South African government. The worldwide success of the album introduced some of the musicians, especially the vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, to global audiences of their own. A segregated beach in South Africa, 1982. ... The United Nations (UN) is an international organization whose stated aims are to facilitate co-operation in international law, international security, economic development, and social equity. ... Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a chorus from South Africa that is noted for singing a cappella isicathamiya and mbube music. ...


Simon included American 'roots' influences with tracks featuring Zydeco and Tex-Mex musicians. The Everly Brothers sing harmony on the title track. Linda Ronstadt appears on the track "Under African Skies", the second verse of which Simon wrote based on her childhood experiences. The group Los Lobos appear on the last track, "All Around The World or The Myth Of Fingerprints." A popular music video starring Simon and Chevy Chase was made for the hit song "You Can Call Me Al". Zydeco is a form of folk music, originated in the beginning of the 20th century among the Francophone Creole peoples of south-west Louisiana and influenced by the music of the French-speaking Cajuns. ... Tejano[1] (Spanish for Texan) or Tex-Mex[2] music is the name given to various forms of folk and popular music originating among the Mexican-descended Tejanos of Central and South Texas. ... Don (born February 1, 1937 in Brownie, a small coal-mining town (now defunct) near Central City, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky) and Phil Everly (born January 18, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois) are country-influenced rock and roll performers who had their greatest success in the 1950s. ... Linda Maria Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946) is an American singer most closely associated with the country rock genre prevalent in the 1970s. ... Los Lobos Los Lobos is an American rock band, heavily influenced by rock and roll, Tex-Mex, country music, folk, R&B, blues, and traditional Spanish and Mexican music such as boleros and norteños. ... Cornelius Crane Chase (born October 8, 1943 in New York City), also known as Chevy Chase, is an American comedian, writer, and television and film actor. ... You Can Call Me Al is a song by Paul Simon, the first single released off his album Graceland. ...


Simon toured the album extensively featuring many of the artists from the album plus exiled South Africans Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba. A concert in Harare, Zimbabwe was filmed for release as "The African Concert". Hugh Masekela (born Johannesburg, April 4, 1939) is a South African flugelhorn and cornet player. ... Miriam Makeba performing at the Cape Town Jazz Festival in 2006. ... Harare (pronounced , formerly Salisbury) is the capital city of Zimbabwe. ...

Contents

Track listing

  1. "The Boy In the Bubble"
  2. "Graceland"
  3. "I Know What I Know"
  4. "Gumboots"
  5. "Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes"
  6. "You Can Call Me Al"
  7. "Under African Skies"
  8. "Homeless"
  9. "Crazy Love Vol II"
  10. "That Was Your Mother"
  11. "All Around The World or The Myth Of Fingerprints"

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Chart performance

Album

Year Chart Position
1986 The Billboard 200 3
1986 UK chart 1

Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ...

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1986 Graceland Mainstream Rock Tracks 38
1986 Graceland Billboard Hot 100 80
1986 Graceland Billboard Hot 100 81
1986 You Can Call Me Al Adult Contemporary 14
1986 You Can Call Me Al Billboard Hot 100 23
1987 The Boy in the Bubble Mainstream Rock Tracks 15
1987 The Boy in the Bubble Billboard Hot 100 85
1999 You Can Call Me Al Billboard Hot 100 41

Grammy Awards

Year Album/Track Award Winner
1986 Graceland (album) Album Of The Year 6697
1987 "Graceland" (song) Record Of The Year 7061

Grammy Award The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards, commonly abbreviated as the Grammys or GRAMMYs ), presented by the Recording Academy known as NARAS, (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards...

Rankings

  • Voted the best album of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll.
  • In 1998, Q magazine readers voted it the 56th greatest album of all time.
  • In 2003 the TV network VH1 placed it at #84.
  • It was also ranked #84 in a 2005 survey held by British television's Channel 4 to determine the 100 greatest albums of all time.
  • It was ranked #5 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s.
  • It is #81 on the list of Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
  • The song "Graceland" was voted #485 in the list of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
  • According to AcclaimedMusic.net, a site which combines hundreds of best-of lists from critics and musicians from around the world, Graceland is ranked at #67 on the greatest albums of all time (it is also ranked #13 for albums released in the 1980s, and is the second-highest ranking album of 1986, behind The Smiths' The Queen Is Dead).

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NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Graceland (album) (0 words)
Graceland is an album released in 1986 by Paul Simon.
The Rhythm of the Saints is an album released in 1990 by Paul Simon.
A pair of Wellington boots The Wellington boot, also known as a welly, a wellie, or a gumboot, is a type of boot based upon Hessian boots worn and popularised by Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington and fashionable among the British aristocracy in the early 19th century.
Graceland (album) - Definition, explanation (0 words)
The title track describes a visit to Graceland, Elvis Presley's estate in Memphis, Tennessee; Simon has said that he considers it to be the best song he has ever written.
Graceland won Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards of 1987.
It was voted as the best album of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop; critics poll.
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