Graceland" is the title song of the album , released in Graceland 1986 by Paul Simon. The song features vocals by The Everly Brothers.
The lyrics deal with the singer's thoughts during a road trip to
Graceland after the failure of his marriage to actress and author Carrie Fisher.
Reception [ edit ]
The song won the
1988 Grammy Award for Record of the Year. It was the lowest-charting song on any of the world music charts to win Record of the Year until the Robert Plant and Alison Krauss US non-charting song " Please Read the Letter" won the same award in 2009. "Graceland" has been covered by artists such as Hot Chip, Grizzly Bear, El Vez, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, and The Tallest Man on Earth. A cover by Willie Nelson peaked at number 70 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in 1993. [2 ]
It was listed at #485 on
Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs in 2003. [3 ]
Australian Kent Music Report
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)
[4 ] 35
RPM Top Singles 70
Dutch Singles Chart
Irish Singles Chart
New Zealand Singles Chart
U.K. Singles Chart
Billboard Hot 100 81
References [ edit ]
What a Fool Believes"* by The Doobie Brothers ( Jeffrey Baxter, John Hartman, Keith Knudsen, Michael McDonald, Tiran Porter, Patrick Simmons)
produced by Ted Templeman (1980) "
Sailing"* by Christopher Cross
produced by Michael Omartian (1981)
Bette Davis Eyes"* by Kim Carnes
produced by Val Garay (1982) "
Rosanna" by Toto ( Bobby Kimball, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, David Hungate, Steve Porcaro)
produced by Toto (1983)
Beat It" by Michael Jackson
produced by Michael Jackson & Quincy Jones (1984) "
What's Love Got to Do with It" by Tina Turner
produced by Terry Britten (1985)
We Are the World"* by USA for Africa
produced by Quincy Jones (1986) "
Higher Love" by Steve Winwood
produced by Russ Titelman & Steve Winwood (1987)
Graceland" by Paul Simon
produced by Paul Simon (1988) "
Don't Worry, Be Happy"* by Bobby McFerrin
produced by Linda Goldstein (1989)
"The Highway" / "Spirit"
Ain't Necessarily So" / "I Never Cared For You" ("Ain't Necessarily So" also on CD Single)
"The Piper Came Today" / "(I Don't Have a Reason) To Go To California Anymore"
("The Piper Came Today" also on CD Single) "Ten With a Two" / "You Decide"
Graceland" "Still is Still Moving to Me" / "Valentine"
"Turn Me Loose and Let Me Swing"
"I Never Cared for You"