On this day in music history: May 5, 1973 - “There Goes Rhymin’ Simon”, the third studio album by Paul Simon is released. Produced by Paul Simon, Phil Ramone, The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Paul Samwell-Smith and Roy Halee, it is recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL, Malaco Recording Studios in Jackson, MS, and Morgan Studios in Willesden, UK from Mid 1972 - Early 1973. Following the success of his first post-Simon & Garfunkel solo album “Paul Simon”, the prolific singer and songwriter establishes solid and productive working relationship with producer and engineer Phil Ramone. Simon also collaborates with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section as well as the legendary gospel vocal group The Dixie Hummingbirds. Even more musically diverse than his previous effort, the album also features a number of top notch musicians and studio players including Cornell Dupree (guitar), Grady Tate (drums), Paul Griffin (piano), Airto Moriera (percussion) with horn and string arrangements written by Allen Toussaint, Quincy Jones and Del Newman. Released to near universal praise and acclaim, it spins off the hit singles “Kodachrome” and “Loves Me Like A Rock”, both of which peak at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 2011, with four additional bonus tracks added. Out of print on vinyl for over two decades, it is reissued as a 180 gram LP in a limited individually numbered edition for Record Store Day in 2013. A standard non-numbered edition is currently available. “There Goes Rhymin’ Simon” peaks at number two on the Billboard Top 200 album chart in July of 1973, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
thanks to the most excellent Jeff Harris' blog 'Behind The Grooves