|For immediate release
June 9, 2004
Jenny Lawhorn : 202-513-2754
Simon and Garfunkel to Premiere Song on NPR's Weekend Edition
Exclusive radio interview with NPR's Scott Simon to air Saturday, June 12
WASHINGTON, DC - The first new Simon & Garfunkel song to be released in more than three decades will make its broadcast debut this weekend on NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday. As part of an exclusive radio interview with NPR's Scott Simon, host of Weekend Edition, Art Garfunkel will introduce a song by Paul Simon called "Citizen of the Planet." The musicians, who rarely do interviews together, will appear on Weekend Edition on June 12 in the only radio interview the pair is doing to preview their 2004 "Old Friends" tour.
Listeners to Saturday's Weekend Edition interview will also be among the very first to hear how Simon and Garfunkel have updated some of their legendary songs, as the interview will feature excerpts from the forthcoming "Old Friends" tour CD.
An extended version of this interview, along with songs and photographs, will be available at NPR's Web site, www.npr.org.
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel have won six Grammy awards together: two in 1968 and three in 1970, winning Record of the Year twice, and also a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2003. Their "Old Friends" tour, beginning June 10th in Albany, New York and ending on July 31st in Rome, Italy, follows their overwhelmingly popular "Old Friends" 2003 tour.
NPR's Peabody Award-winning correspondent Scott Simon brings a well-traveled perspective to his role as host of Weekend Edition Saturday, which has been called by The Washington Post "probably the best-written and most entertaining news program on the dial." Simon has received numerous other awards, including the Alfred I. DuPoint-Columbia University Award, a Presidential End Hunger Award, a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and an Emmy.
Visit npr.org/wheretohear to find local station listings and times for Weekend Edition Saturday, which airs on more than 580 public radio stations nationwide.
NPR is renowned for journalistic excellence and standard-setting news and entertainment programming. A privately supported, non-profit, membership organization, NPR serves a growing audience of more than 22 million Americans each week via more than 770 public radio stations. International partners in cable, satellite and short-wave services make NPR programming accessible anywhere in the world. With original online content and audio streaming, npr.org offers hourly newscasts, special features and seven years of archived audio and information.