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After a short-lived attempt at launching a career with her sister Lucy Simon (they had a minor hit in the mid-1960s with a version of the children's song "Winken, Blinken, and Nod" as "The Simon Sisters"), and a short spell with eclectic New York rockers Elephant's Memory, Simon launched her solo career in 1971 with the self-titled album Carly Simon. The album contained a top-ten hit, "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be", and was followed quickly by a second album, Anticipation, the title cut from which also scored airplay. Simon's major breakthrough, though, was 1972's No Secrets. The album spawned several successful singles, including Simon's biggest record, "You're So Vain".

"You're So Vain" was a sarcastic profile of a self-absorbed lover. The song was a number one hit, and spawned one of the biggest mysteries in the rock era. Much speculation was aroused regarding its subject, with many rumors pointing to Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, who sang back up on the recording; other nominees included Warren Beatty, Cat Stevens, and Kris Kristofferson. Simon herself once acknowledged the song was about "many vain men I've known in my life". In 2003, NBC Sports President Dick Ebersol won an auction from Simon in which the prize was a revelation on the actual person whom "You're So Vain" was about. The caveat was that Ebersol swore himself not to reveal that person. The speculation continues.

Simon married fellow singer-songwriter James Taylor in 1972 (see 1972 in music) and followed up the success of No Secrets with a series of well-received albums Hotcakes (1974) and Playing Possum (1975). Her sales quickly began sinking, though, in the later 1970s, with only a few Top Ten hits, including "Nobody Does It Better" (from the soundtrack to The Spy Who Loved Me, a James Bond film) and "You Belong to Me" (from Boys in the Trees, 1978).

Simon and Taylor had two children, Sarah Maria (b. January 7, 1974) and Benjamin ("Ben") Simon Taylor (b. January 22, 1977), prior to their 1983 divorce.

In 1980, Simon collapsed onstage of exhaustion, and largely retired from performing in the 1980s. "Why" (1982) was a hit in the UK, but she continued to scrape only the bottom of the charts with most of her singles in the 80s; during this time Simon also contributed to several film scores, including the songs "Coming Around Again" for Heartburn, and "Let the River Run" for Working Girl (for which she won the Academy Award for Best Song in 1988). She also recorded a cover of "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" for Ken Burns' 1994 film Baseball.

In 1998, Simon was diagnosed with breast cancer and received chemotherapy. She survived her disease, and in 2000 recorded her first album since her illness, The Bedroom Tapes.

Simon's most recent work was songs for the Disney Winnie The Pooh film Piglet's Big Movie.

List of Songs
Coming Around Again, 1987
Nobody Does It Better, 1977
You're So Vain, 1973
Mockingbird, (Carly Simon), 1974
Anticipation, (Carly Simon), 1972
Haven't Got Time For The Pain, 1974
The Right Thing To Do, 1973
That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be, 1971

External links
Official website.
Carly Simon autobiography.
Carly Simon discography & lyrics.
Carly Simon at the Internet Movie Database
NNDB entry on Simon.
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Carly E. Simon (born June 25, 1945) is an American musician who emerged as one of the leading lights of the early 1970s singer-songwriter boom.

Her father was Richard L. Simon (co-founder of Simon & Schuster, Inc.), an accomplished pianist who often played Chopin and Beethoven at home. She was raised in the Riverdale neighborhood of New York City and has two sisters and a brother.

Carly Simon was one of the most popular of the confessional singer/songwriters who emerged in the early '70s. The youngest child in an upper-class New York family (her father, Richard Simon, co-founded the Simon and Schuster publishing company), Simon got her start in music as part of a duo with her sister Lucy (who later wrote the music for the Broadway show The Secret Garden). The Simon Sisters had a chart single with "Winkin' Blinkin' and Nod" in April 1964. But Simon's solo debut did not come until the release of her self-titled first album in February 1971. It contained her first solo hit, "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be," an anti-marriage song co-written with Jacob Brackman that reached the Top Ten.

Simon's second album, Anticipation (November 1971) (which went gold in two years), contained a Top 40 follow-up in the title song, and she won the 1971 Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Her third album, the gold number-one No Secrets (November 1972), was produced by Richard Perry and contained the gold number-one hit "You're So Vain," which aroused speculation about its subject. Mick Jagger, one of those suggested, sang backup on the recording. "The Right Thing to Do," a second single from the album, made the Top 40. Simon married fellow singer/songwriter James Taylor in November 1972. (They divorced in 1983.)

Her fourth album, the Top Ten Hotcakes (January 1974), contained a gold Top Ten remake of the Inez and Charlie Foxx hit "Mockingbird" sung with Taylor and the Top Ten hit "Haven't Got Time for the Pain"; it became her third consecutive gold LP. Playing Possum (April 1975), containing the Top 40 hit "Attitude Dancing," was another Top Ten LP. Simon's sixth album, Another Passenger (June 1976), was a relative commercial disappointment. But in 1977, she sang "Nobody Does It Better," the theme song for the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, resulting in a gold Top Ten hit. Her seventh album, Boys in the Trees (April 1978), was a million-selling success, buoyed by the Top Ten hit "You Belong to Me" and a Top 40 duet cover of "Devoted to You" with Taylor. Simon's eighth and ninth albums, Spy (June 1979) and Come Upstairs (June 1980), were less successful, though the latter contained the gold Top 40 hit "Jesse."
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