"MOTHER AND CHILD REUNION" is a song by the American
Paul Simon . It was the lead single from his second
self-titled studio album (1972), released on
Columbia Records . It was
released as a single on February 5, 1972, reaching No. 1 in South
Africa and No. 4 on the US
Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100 chart. Billboard ranked
it as the No. 57 song for 1972 . It was at the time one of the few
songs by a non-Jamaican musician to use prominent elements of reggae .
* 1 Background
* 2 Production
* 3 Personnel
* 4 Chart history
* 4.1 Weekly charts
* 4.2 Year-end charts
* 5 Other versions
* 6 Notes
* 6.1 References
* 6.2 Sources
* 7 Further reading
* 8 External links
Simon liked reggae, he listened to
Jimmy Cliff ,
Desmond Dekker , and
Byron Lee ; he wanted to go to Kingston,
Jamaica to record the song,
as that was where Cliff had recorded his antiwar song "Vietnam" in
1970. The title has its origin in a chicken-and-egg dish called
"Mother and Child Reunion" that Simon saw on a Chinese restaurant 's
menu. The song's lyrics were inspired by a pet dog that was run over
and killed. It was the first death Simon personally experienced, and
he began to wonder how he would react if the same happened to his
wife, Peggy Harper. "Somehow there was a connection between this death
and Peggy and it was like Heaven, I don't know what the connection
was," Simon told
Rolling Stone in 1972.
The song was recorded at Dynamic Sounds Studios at Torrington Bridge
Jamaica , with
Jimmy Cliff 's backing group. Guitarist
Huks ("Hux") Brown and bass guitarist Jackie Jackson were also
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AUSTRALIA (GO-SET )
BELGIUM (ULTRATOP 50 FLANDERS)
CANADA (RPM )
GERMANY (OFFICIAL GERMAN CHARTS )
IRELAND (IRMA )
NETHERLANDS (SINGLE TOP 100 )
NORWAY (VG-LISTA )
NEW ZEALAND (RECORDED MUSIC NZ )
New Zealand (Listener )
SOUTH AFRICA TOP 20 (SPRINGBOK /RADIO ORION)
SPANISH SINGLES CHART (PROMUSICAE )
UK SINGLES (OFFICIAL CHARTS COMPANY )
Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
US Cash Box
* Other performances that included Simon:
Paul Simon in Concert: Live Rhymin\'
Paul Simon (album)
* On Stage Together Tour (duet with Sting)
* By others:
* "Mother and Child Reunion" (The Pioneers) , single by The Pioneers
* Christmas with Boney M.
* Ultimate Boney M. – Long Versions ">
* ^ David Vlado Moskowitz (2006). Caribbean Popular Music: An
Encyclopedia of Reggae, Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, and Dancehall.
Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 139.
* ^ Spencer Leigh. Simon & Garfunkel: Together Alone. p. 112.
* ^ A B C Jon Landau (July 20, 1972). "Paul Simon: The Rolling
Rolling Stone (113). Retrieved May 27, 2016.
* ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 . St
Ives, NSW : Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6 .
* ^ "Ultratop.be –
Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion" (in
Ultratop 50 . Retrieved November 12, 2015.
* ^ "RPM100: Singles" (PDF). RPM .
Ottawa : Library and Archives
Canada . 17 (7). April 1, 1972. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
* ^ "Musicline.de –
Paul Simon Single-Chartverfolgung" (in
German). Media Control Charts . PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved November 12,
* ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Mother and Child
Irish Singles Chart . Retrieved November 12, 2015.
* ^ "Dutchcharts.nl –
Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion"
Single Top 100 . Retrieved November 12, 2015.
* ^ "Topp 20 Single uke 17, 1972 – VG-lista. Offisielle hitlister
fra og med 1958" (in Norwegian).
VG-lista . Retrieved November 12,
* ^ "Charts.org.nz –
Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion".
Top 40 Singles . Retrieved November 12, 2015.
* ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 22 May 1972
* ^ Brian Currin. "South African Rock Lists Website - SA Charts
1969 - 1989 Acts (S)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
* ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a
año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN
* ^ Roberts, David (2006).
British Hit Singles & Albums
British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.).
London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 499. ISBN 1-904994-10-5 .
* ^ "
Paul Simon Chart History (Hot 100)" Billboard . Retrieved
November 12, 2015.
* ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993.
Record Research. p. 219.
* ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, April 1, 1972
* ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992
(doc)format= requires url= (help ). Australian Chart Book, St Ives,
N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6 .
* ^ Musicoutfitters.com
* ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 30,
* Bennighof, James (2007). The Words and Music of Paul Simon.
Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-275-99163-0 .
* Eliot, Marc (2010). Paul Simon: A Life. John Wiley and Sons. ISBN
* Lacitis, Erik (October 7, 1986). "Dig It: 254 Nonstop Hits! (This
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The Seattle Times