Paul Simon – Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard (1988)

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In 1988, Simon released a video for the song to promote his greatest hits compilation Negotiations and Love Songs. The video filmed at Halsey Junior High School, in Forest Hills, Queens, NY. This was the same neighborhood within which Simon grew up and met Art Garfunkel in high school. It was also the same neighborhood where Julio, the subject of the song, had died in nearby P.S. 220. Many of the children featured in the video were from that same school. It features an introduction by hip hop emcees (and then-fellow Warner Bros. Records label mates) Big Daddy Kane and Biz Markie. Main Source member Large Professor also makes a minor cameo towards the end. The video depicts adults interacting with the youth of an inner-city schoolyard. It shows Simon playing basketball and baseball with the children, and it also features basketball player Spud Webb, baseball legend Mickey Mantle, and football coach-commentator John Madden giving tips to young athletes.

[via Margo Guryan]

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