Paul Simon Arrested; Down By Schoolyard?
The Papa said, “Oy, if I get that boy,
I’m gonna stick him in the house of detention.”
– Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
Singer-songwriter Paul Simon was arrested Saturday night, along with wife Edie Brickell, on disorderly conduct charges. According to ABC News, police were called to the couple’s home in New Canaan, Connecticut about a disturbance. When they arrived, they discovered there had been a “family dispute”.
“Investigating officers gathered information and found probable cause to arrest” both Simon and Brickell.
The couple has been married since 1992, but have been together since 1988 when they met on the set of Saturday Night Live. Brickell was there to perform with her band, New Bohemians, when she spotted Simon by the camera.
“Even though I’d performed the song hundreds of times in clubs, he made me forget how the song went when I looked at him,” she said. “We can show the kids the tape and say, ‘Look, that’s when we first laid eyes on each other.” The couple do have three children together.
Brickell recently did an album with funny man and banjo player Steve Martin, credited as Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell.
Simon is a prolific songwriter with 12 studio albums to his credit, as well as live albums. His for mer partnership with singer Art Garfunkel is still the stuff of legend in folk circles.
Simon was a huge proponent of what came to be called “world music”, spearheading that movement in the United States with his album Graceland, featuring the vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The album went 5x Platinum, and became Simon’s biggest-seller to date.
Paul Simon was arrested for disorderly conduct. That's why I always cross the street when I see a guy in a baseball hat and a blazer.
— Matt Goldich (@MattGoldich) April 28, 2014
The couple were scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court this morning on the disorderly conduct charges. Disorderly conduct is a Class C Misdemeanor under Connecticut law, and is defined, in part, as:
(a) A person is guilty of disorderly conduct when, with intent to cause inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, such person: (1) Engages in fighting or in violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior; or (2) by offensive or disorderly conduct, annoys or interferes with another person; or (3) makes unreasonable noise;
Norwalk police are reporting a "mess" in front of the courthouse due to the arraignment of Paul Simon and Edie Brickell #cttraffic
— Jerrod Ferrari (@Jerrod_TheHour) April 28, 2014
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