Carly Simon is a highly acclaimed pop/soft rock singer-songwriter and musician with an assertive and expressive contralto. She rose to international fame in the 1970s with a string of mostly self-penned hits that included "Anticipation" and her signature song, the scathing and enigmatic "You're So Vain."
Simon made her debut on the Pop/Rock charts in 1964 with her sister Lucy as The Simon Sisters with a folk music adaptation of the popular children's poem, "Winkin', Blinkin' And Nod." She launched her solo career in 1971 with the stark and unsettling "That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be," which became a Top 10 hit and earned her a Grammy for Best New Artist. This smash was followed by another Top 10 hit, "Anticipation" (1971), and "Legend In Your Own Time" (1972) before her fame took off in late 1972 with the release of her third album, "No Secrets," which topped the Billboard 200 and spawned the #1 hit, "You're So Vain." Simon made her mark in movie theme music with such hits as "Nobody Does It Better" (1977, from the James Bond movie, "The Spy Who Loved Me"), "Why" (1982, from "Soup For One"), "Coming Around Again" (1986, from "Heartburn"), and the rousing, gospel-infused "Let The River Run" (1989, from "Working Girl"). Other top hits included "The Right Thing To Do" (1973), "Mockingbird" (1974, with James Taylor), "Haven't Got Time For The Pain" (1974), the imploring "You Belong To Me" (1978), and the defiant "Jesse" (1980).
In 1989, Carly Simon became the first to win a Grammy, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe Award for a song written and performed entirely by a single artist with "Let The River Run," the main theme from "Working Girl." Her numerous other honors and accolades also include being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. She was later inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for "You're So Vain" in 2004 and awarded the ASCAP Founders Award in 2012.
- After some 40+ years, Carly Simon finally reveals the identity of the mystery man in "You're So Vain".
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Carly Simon And James Taylor
- Mockingbird 1974
(This song was previously a hit for Inez Foxx With Charlie Foxx (1963) and Aretha Franklin (1967).)
- Anticipation 1971
- 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
- You're So Vain 1972
(This song, which topped the charts, is listed in Billboard's Greatest Songs of All-Time. "You're So Vain" is about an errant, self-absorbed lover whose actual identity has long been a matter of speculation.)
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