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Calendar Letters: All the little details of Paul Simon

Calendar Letters: All the little details of Paul Simon

Randy Lewis shouldn’t be surprised at Paul Simon’s meticulousness over a “seemingly tangential” tambourine part [“Can’t Resist a Few Finishing Touches,” Sept. 10]. Not only is Lewis’s writing a meticulous example of his deep knowledge of popular music, but I’m sure Lewis remembers Jack Ashford, the tambourine player in “Standing in the Shadow of Motown.”

Ashford played that instrument on beats 2 and 4 of every bar of music in countless hit songs because he was so in the pocket (the groove). He was the glue of all those songs. This reminds me...

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