The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song: 2007 Paul Simon
“The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song” celebrates Paul Simon, one of America’s most respected songwriters and musicians and the first recipient of the prize. The program airs Wednesday, June 27, 2007, at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide. Taped at The Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. on May 23, the 90-minute, high-definition special features tributes from a star-studded line-up of performers and presenters. Performers include Yolanda Adams, Marc Anthony, Dixie Hummingbirds, Jerry Douglas, Art Garfunkel, Alison Krauss, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Lyle Lovett, Stephen Marley, James Taylor and Buckwheat Zydeco. Presenters include former poet laureate Billy Collins, Bob Costas and Lorne Michaels.
The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song is named in honor of the legendary George and Ira Gershwin. This newly created award recognizes the profound and positive effect of popular music on the world’s culture. The prize will be given annually to a composer or performer whose lifetime contributions exemplify the standard of excellence associated with the Gershwins.
George Jones III joined the U.S. Army at the age of 17 and volunteered to be a combat medic in Vietnam. Today, his work as a wood turner reminds him of the many second chances he's received throughout his life.