8. 'Scarborough Fair/Canticle'
Paul Simon first heard the traditional English ballad "Scarborough Fair" while gigging around London folk clubs in 1965. During the recording of Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme in the summer of 1966, he created an innovative new arrangement of the tune which he mashed up with "Canticle," a reworking of his anti-war ballad "The Side of a Hill." The finished result was unlike anything else on the radio in 1966 and it instantly became one of their signature tunes.