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February 27, 2014

Paul Simon joins HOF concert lineup


“I would say highly likely,” said Harriet, when asked if Simon would perform “Mrs. Robinson,” his famous song that references Yankees baseball player Joe DiMaggio.

“There’s nobody who plays better with a symphonic orchestra,” said Idelson, on Simon.

As for Williams, Harriet, who produced Williams albums, said that the Latin Grammy nominee is very excited to play with the Boston Pops.

“This is a lifelong dream for Bernie,” said Harriet.

One of the songs Williams and the Pops will be performing will be his rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.”

“It’s going to be a three minute truce on the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry,” said Harriet.

Idelson has known Williams since he was employed by the Yankees organization and counts him as a friend.

“It’s interesting to see guys who can transition from being superstars from one arena to another,” said Idelson.

In addition to musicians, the concert will feature appearances by television and movie stars, as well as members of the HOF.

The concert is also being held in conjunction with a silent auction, all proceeds of which are going to benefit the HOF. The auction is being held in three week increments, and will continue until December of this year.

Some of the items that have been auctioned off already are two of the six Fender Stratocasters made by Fender to celebrate the HOF’s 75th anniversary, VIP Tickets to see Paul McCartney at Fenway Park, tickets to the premier of the new Godzilla movie in Hollywood and a table reading and hang out with The Simpsons cast. All items in the auction are donated.

“We’re going to probably have a little bit of everything,” said Harriet.

The next three-week period of the silent auction begins Friday, Feb. 28. Information on the items can be found at

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