January 1972 – a song popular in this month – Mother and Child Reunion by Paul Simon
Simon wrote this in response to the Jimmy Cliff song “Vietnam,” where a mother receives a letter about her son’s death on the battlefield.
Interesting facts about Mother and Child Reunion & Paul Simon
Simon came up with the title after seeing a chicken and egg dish called “Mother and Child Reunion” on the menu at 456 Restaurant in Chinatown, New York.
This was Simon’s first single as a solo artist.
He is in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a solo artist and as a member of Simon and Garfunkel.
Simon recorded “Mother and Child Reunion” in Jamaica using Cliff’s musicians, hence the very authentic sound. Simon said of the song that it “became the first reggae hit by a non-Jamaican white guy outside Jamaica.”
Simon got his start in the music industry working for a song publishing company called E.B. Marks, where his job was to sell songs to record companies. When he got frustrated and left the company, he decided to self-publish any songs he wrote – a move that turned out to be very lucrative.
This information was provided by Songfacts.com