Birth Name

 Carly Elisabeth Simon

  Born

 June 25, 1945  New York City, New York, U.S.A

  Origins  Riverdale, Bronx, New York, U.S.

  Genre

 Pop, Rock, Pop Standards

  Occupation

  Singer-songwriter, Musician, Actress, Writer

  Instruments

 Vocals [Contralto] Guitar, Piano

  Years Active

  1964 - present

  Labels

Elektra (1971–1979), Warner Bros. (1980–1984)
Epic (1985–1986), Arista (1987–2001)
Rhino (2002–2004), Columbia (2005–2007)
Hear Music (2008–present)

  Website

  www.CarlySimon.com

 

 

 

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Carly Elisabeth Simon (born June 25, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, writer of children's books and musician. Simon has risen to fame with hit songs that have nominated or won many Grammy Awards for her over a period of several decades. Simon is notable for her ability to focus her artistic talents in many directions successfully, whether as an Academy Award winning songwriter, or her involvement in public television children's programming and musical contributions.

Carly Simon is also known for her marriage to another notable singer-songwriter, James Taylor and for their two children, Sarah Maria "Sally" and Ben Taylor, who are also budding musicians.

Her solo music career began in 1971, with the self-titled Carly Simon on Elektra Records. The album contained her breakthrough top-ten hit "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be". It was followed quickly by a second album, Anticipation. The title song from that album not only received significant airplay, it was also written about a romance between Simon and Cat Stevens. Another song - which was written about him - was "Legend in Your Own Time". However, after their brief liaison from 1970-1971, ended amicably and Stevens wrote his song, "Sweet Scarlet", afterwards about her. Simon also had well documented relationships with Warren Beatty, Mick Jagger, Kris Kristofferson, and James Taylor whom she married.

Simon scored the biggest success of her career with the classic 1972 global smash "You're So Vain". It hit #1 on the US Pop and Adult Contemporary charts and sold nearly two million 45 rpm vinyl records in the United States alone. It was one of the decade's biggest hits and propelled Carly's breakthrough album No Secrets to #1 on the US album charts—where it stayed locked in for six consecutive weeks—and to Platinum status. "You're So Vain" received Grammy Award nominations for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female. Additionally, as of 2008, it is listed at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100's definitive list of the Hot 100's top 100 songs from the chart's first 50 years, August 1958 through July 2008.

The subject of the song itself has become one of the biggest enigmas in popular music, as this track also carries one of the most famous refrains: "You're so vain/I bet you think this song is about you." Simon has never publicly admitted who the song is about. She hinted that it could be a composite of several people, and for many people the top 2 on the list of possible "suspects" have always included both Beatty and Jagger.
 

In 1977, she had a surprise international smash with "Nobody Does It Better", from the soundtrack to the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. The million-selling Gold single held at #2 for several weeks, behind Debby Boone's monster mega-hit "You Light Up My Life", which became the biggest hit of the entire decade. "Nobody Does It Better" remains Simon's all-time biggest US hit, after "You're So Vain". It was 1977's biggest Adult Contemporary hit, where it held at #1 for seven straight weeks. It also received Grammy nominations for Song Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance Female.


Grammy Awards:
Best New Artist, 1971.
Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television, 1990, "Let the River Run" from Working Girl.
Academy Award:
Best Song, 1988, "Let the River Run" from Working Girl.
Golden Globe Awards:
Best Original Song, 1989, "Let the River Run" from Working Girl.
Other awards:
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994..

 


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