Twenty-eight years ago, album of the year honors at the Grammy Awards and an iconic video revived 'Graceland' and its lead single.
ON AUG. 25, 1986, PAUL SIMON, THEN 44, released his seventh and, arguably, most celebrated solo album, Graceland. Its acclaim, however, was slow to build. Influenced by South African sounds (and recorded partly in Johannesburg), the set made a measured climb up the Billboard 200, cresting at No. 6 that November.
Graceland's lead single didn't fare as well: "You Can Call Me Al" – which partly was inspired by an incident at a party where a guest mistakenly referred to Simon by that name – stalled at No. 44 on the Billboard Hot 100 that September and had fallen off the chart by the time that Graceland cracked the Billboard 200 top 10. But, thanks to a Grammy win, the album and single found second life.