“You can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon – 1986

This week Johnny Grundo goes off the charts to discuss the 1986 Paul Simon hit “You Can Call Me Al”. Was this song a number one? Sort of. Yes and no. Boldly venturing into Apartheid-era South Africa despite an industry-wide cultural boycott, Paul Simon wrote and recorded this album to reinvent himself and jumpstart his slumping solo career. The catchy rhythms paired with a playful music video featuring a cameo appearance from actor/comedian Chevy Chase helped “Graceland” become his best-selling solo album to date. What other music videos has Chevy Chase appeared in? What sketch comedy show had an entire episode based on this song? Who is really playing that bass solo? All these questions and more will be answered on this week’s episode of Single File.

“You can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon – 1986

This week Johnny Grundo goes off the charts to discuss the 1986 Paul Simon hit “You Can Call Me Al”. Was this song a number one? Sort of. Yes and no. Boldly venturing into Apartheid-era South Africa despite an industry-wide cultural boycott, Paul Simon wrote and recorded this album to reinvent himself and jumpstart his slumping solo career.

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