Saturday October 13th, 2018 marked the 77th birthday for legendary musician, Paul Simon, who has enjoyed an iconic career spanning seven decades that includes 16 Grammys, the sale of many millions of records, and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

To celebrate his birthday, Simon returned to the stage one more time to perform on the long-running Saturday Night Live, a show that he has quite a long history with.

Celebrating SNL Style

Simon is no stranger to the magic of Saturday Night Live, as he hosted the second-ever SNL episode back in 1975 and has appeared as a musical guest on the program nine times over the years.

So, it was fitting for Simon to celebrate his 77th birthday in style with the cast, crew, and audience of Saturday Night Live.

Fans of Simon were thrilled at the opportunity to see the star perform one more time considering that he wrapped up his farewell tour in Queens, New York about a month ago and said his final goodbyes to performing live – that is, until his recent birthday SNL performance.

Simon’s birthday performance included “Can’t Run But” off 1990’s The Rhythm of the Saints and an incredibly touching version of “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” the beloved 1970 Simon and Garfunkel classic.

You can check out both performances below:



After Simon’s beautiful performances, the cast and crew of Saturday Night Live surprised Simon with stunning cake during the closing credits complete with lit candles and floral embellishments. While the entire cast, crew, and audience uproariously cheered for Simon, rather than blowing out his candles, he stuck his bare hand right in the cake, scooped out a handful, and chowed down!


The entire event was exceptionally heartwarming and moving – a truly delightful birthday celebration and tribute to a truly legendary singer-songwriter.

Happy 77th Birthday, Paul Simon! And cheers to many more! Are you a fan of Paul Simon? Did you catch his Saturday Night Live birthday performances? Share your thoughts and join the conversation below!

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