Graceland (song)

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"Graceland"
Single by Paul Simon
from the album Graceland
Released 1986[1]
Format 7" single
Recorded 1986
Genre Folk rock, worldbeat
Length 4:48
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Paul Simon
Producer(s) Paul Simon
Paul Simon singles chronology
"You Can Call Me Al"
(1986)
"Graceland"
(1986)
"The Boy in the Bubble"
(1987)

"Graceland" is the title song of the album Graceland, released in 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]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1986–87) Peak
position
Australia (Kent)[4] 62
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 35
Canada 100 (RPM)[6] 70
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[7] 14
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 27
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 79
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 37
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 98
US Album Rock Tracks (Billboard)[12] 38
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 81
US Top 200 (Cash Box) 69

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grammy Awards Honor U2 "...despite the fact that the Graceland album, released in 1986, had been named album of the year at the 1987 awards. The single had been released after Oct. 1, 1986, qualifying it for [the 1988] awards."
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 238. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8. 
  3. ^ "The Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rock List Music. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Paul Simon – Graceland" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  6. ^ "RPM100: Singles" (PDF). RPM (Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada) 45 (19). February 14, 1987. Retrieved November 12, 2015. 
  7. ^ "RPM: Adult Contemporary" (PDF). RPM (Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada) 45 (16). January 24, 1987. Retrieved November 12, 2015. 
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Graceland". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Paul Simon – Graceland" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  10. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Paul Simon – Graceland". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  11. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 499. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  12. ^ "Paul Simon - Chart history". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 13, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Paul Simon – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Paul Simon. Retrieved November 12, 2015.

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