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"MOTHER AND CHILD REUNION" is a song by the American singer-songwriter Paul Simon
Paul Simon
. It was the lead single from his second self-titled studio album (1972), released on Columbia Records
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 .

CONTENTS

* 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

BACKGROUND

Simon liked reggae, he listened to Jimmy Cliff
Jimmy Cliff
, Desmond Dekker , and Byron Lee ; he wanted to go to Kingston, Jamaica
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
Rolling Stone
in 1972.

PRODUCTION

The song was recorded at Dynamic Sounds Studios at Torrington Bridge in Kingston, Jamaica
Jamaica
, with Jimmy Cliff
Jimmy Cliff
's backing group. Guitarist Huks ("Hux") Brown and bass guitarist Jackie Jackson were also long-time members of Toots text-align:left; vertical-align:top;">

WEEKLY CHARTS

CHART (1972) Peak position

AUSTRALIA (GO-SET ) 5

BELGIUM (ULTRATOP 50 FLANDERS) 20

CANADA (RPM ) 5

GERMANY (OFFICIAL GERMAN CHARTS ) 23

IRELAND (IRMA ) 15

NETHERLANDS (SINGLE TOP 100 ) 6

NORWAY (VG-LISTA ) 3

NEW ZEALAND (RECORDED MUSIC NZ ) 33

New Zealand (Listener ) 4

SOUTH AFRICA TOP 20 (SPRINGBOK /RADIO ORION) 1

SPANISH SINGLES CHART (PROMUSICAE ) 11

UK SINGLES (OFFICIAL CHARTS COMPANY )

YEAR-END CHARTS

CHART (1972) RANK

Australia 52

US Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
57

US Cash Box 41

OTHER VERSIONS

* Other performances that included Simon:

* Paul Simon
Paul Simon
in Concert: Live Rhymin\' * Paul Simon
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 ">

REFERENCES

* ^ 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 Stone Interview". Rolling Stone
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
Paul Simon
– Mother and Child Reunion" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50 . Retrieved November 12, 2015. * ^ "RPM100: Singles" (PDF). RPM . Ottawa
Ottawa
: Library and Archives Canada . 17 (7). April 1, 1972. Retrieved November 12, 2015. * ^ "Musicline.de – Paul Simon
Paul Simon
Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts . PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved November 12, 2015. * ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Mother and Child Reunion". Irish Singles Chart . Retrieved November 12, 2015. * ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Paul Simon
Paul Simon
– Mother and Child Reunion" (in Dutch). 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, 2015. * ^ "Charts.org.nz – Paul Simon
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 84-8048-639-2 . * ^ 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
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, 1972

SOURCES

* 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 978-0-470-43363-8 .

FURTHER READING

* Lacitis, Erik (October 7, 1986). "Dig It: 254 Nonstop Hits! (This Offer is Not Available in Many Stores)," The Seattle Times