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Harper James Simon (aka Harper Simon, born September 7, 1972) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and actor. He is the son of musician Paul Simon and Paul’s first wife, Peggy Harper.

In 1981 Harper appeared in his Father’s movie “One Trick Pony”, as a young Jonah Levin, during the opening song “Late in the Evening.” Harper James Simon began his journey as a musician at an early age. In 1983, at the age of 9, he appeared on the children’s program Sesame Street with his father. Together they sang “Ricardo The Cowboy” and “Bingo. ” By the age of 12, he was on the Graceland tour, as the guitarist who accompanied his father. Many of Paul Simon’s lyrics include references to Harper, most notably “St Judy’s Comet” and “Graceland.” Harper, travel companion of his former stepmother Carrie Fisher, also regularly appears in pieces written by Fisher for the New York Times.

In NYC Harper frequently played music with his childhood friend Sean Lennon, son of famed musician John Lennon. Harper played guitar on Sean’s second album, Friendly Fire, and also appeared in the film by the same name with actors Lindsay Lohan, Bijou Phillips, Devon Aoki, and Carrie Fisher.] After attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., Harper moved to London for several years where he played with the band Menlo Park.

In 2005, Harper performed in Afghanistan with tabla player Suphala. Also in 2006, Harper recorded an album with stepmother Edie Brickell, wife of Paul Simon, and the lead singer of the band Edie Brickell & New Bohemians. Other collaborations that year included projects with Bijou Phillips, Carl Perkins on Go Cat Go, and with actress Jena Malone.


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