On June 5 UK BBC Radio 2 will air a special about Paul Simons time in the UK during the early 60´s
Mr Simon´s Big Trip uncovers the real story of Paul Simon´s British residency, and the part it played in his creative formation.
For years, people have been fascinated by the ´missing´ 13 months in the life and career of Paul Simon preceding the rise to success in America of Simon and Garfunkel.
Simon spent what is probably one of the most famous ´gap´ years in music history travelling around England, writing songs, playing tiny folk club venues and meeting future legends of the folk scene, including Bert Jansch and Martin Carthy. Homeward Bound was famously penned on Widnes Station, and many of his most famous lyrics can be traced to British roots.
The programme includes interviews with Martin Carthy, Brian Protheroe, Al Stewart and many more and features a hitherto unheard Paul Simon song, The Northern Line, recorded in an Exeter folk club in 1965.
The BBC Radio 2 60s Season marks the anniversary of the ´Summer of Love´ and the network´s 40th birthday in September. BBC Radio 2 takes listeners on a magical mystery tour of the Sixties with a season of summer programming celebrating the music and culture of this influential decade.
BBC RADIO 2 60s SEASON
Mr Simon´s Big Trip
Tuesday 5 June
10.30-11.30pm BBC RADIO 2