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“It was in the mid-‘70s. Paul was making Still Crazy and I was making Breakaway. We had an eye on the charts, and we were both trying to establish our record careers as solo artists. So, in order to do that, we thought that we’d put one Simon & Garfunkel tune on both of our albums.
“I remember going into the recording studio, and it was really [producer] Phil Ramone in the lead; it was his home studio. Truthfully, it was a record that is not my style, so I was distinctly not producer, which is rare – I usually like to take control as to how a record is going to sound.
“This is a much dryer record, a stomping, tougher, darker record than I usually make, but that’s exactly what Paul and Phil were saying; ‘That’s what we want to do to you, Artie. You sing too many sweet songs.’ So that’s My Little Town.”