Bruce Dunnet

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The Independent Online

There was a distinct chronological error in Bruce Dunnet's obituary [23 March], writes Michael Adamson. Karl Dallas states, "I was there on the occasion in 1958 when Dunnet turned down Paul Simon." This was clearly impossible.

In 1958 Paul Simon was a 17-year-old living in the New York suburb of Queens and half of the sub Everly Brothers duo Tom and Jerry, along with Art Garfunkel, and trying desperately to find a follow-up to their late-1957 teen hit "Hey School".

Paul Simon came to England in 1964 and 1965 to perform on the folk circuit, and I respectfully suggest that it was in one of these two years that Karl Dallas witnessed the rejection of the "diminutive genius".