|Paul Gustave Simonon was born on 15th December 1955 in Brixton, London, England.
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He is best known as the bass guitar player for punk rock band The Clash. He grew up in the mostly Jamaican neighbourhood of Brixton before joining the Clash, he had planned to become an artist.
He was asked to join The Clash in 1976 by lead guitarist Mick Jones, who planned to teach Simonon guitar. However, the instrument proved too difficult for Simonon, so Jones decided to teach him bass instead.
Often described during this period as 'the most handsome man in London', Paul Simonon wrote three of the Clash's songs: "Guns of Brixton" on London Calling, "Crooked Beat" on Sandinista!, and the mostly spoken-word "Red Angel Dragnet" from Copmbat Rock. Simonon only decided to write "Guns of Brixton" because he was jealous of the money the band's main songwriters, Joe Strummer and Mick Jones, were making in royalties, but it is now one of the band's most recognized songs.
One of the most recognized bass lines of all times were the notes that introduced the title track to "London Calling". Simonon's performance to one of the greatest anthems of the punk era added the underlying power to one of the Clash's most well known songs.
After the Clash dissolved in 1986, Simonon started a band called Havana 3am. They recorded one album in Japan before breaking up. Presently, Simonon works as an artist - his first passion before joining the Clash. He has had several gallery shows, and even designed the cover for one of Big Audio Dynamite's (Mick Jones' post-Clash band) albums.
Paul Simonon was forever immortalized on the front cover of the band's double-album London Calling, where the image of him smashing his bass has become one of the most famous pictures in rock.
He married Pearl Harbour in 1983. The couple divorced in 1990.