Happy Birthday to the legendary Paul Simon, who celebrates his 79th birthday today (October 13th)!!! Although he's retired from touring, Simon had said prior to launching his 2018 farewell trek that he intended to continue to sporadically perform and donate the proceeds to charity — preferably those focused on the environment. Last year, Simon and wife Edie Brickell's then-24-year-old daughter, Lulu Simon, released her self-titled debut album.
Back in February, Paul Simon donated $1 million to fund the Paul Simon Music Fellows Program across the five boroughs in New York City. Simon donated his net proceeds from the final show of his farewell tour, when he returned to his hometown of Queens, playing Corona Park on September 22nd, 2018.
Rolling Stone posted, “Each year, the Paul Simon Music Fellows Program will partner 20 young music educators across the five boroughs of New York City with veteran teachers, who will provide mentorship and skills training over the course of a school year. Additionally, the program will help bring new 'artists-in-residence' to schools across the city for 11 weeks at a time. And Simon will be involved as well, curating appearances from special guest artists who will lead master classes for students.”