To those old enough to remember the Vietnam War, mentioning Carly Simon automatically creates a link to her hit You’re So Vain. Her birthday falls on June 25.
Carly Simon was born in New York City on June 25, 1945, according to biography.com. She sang as part of a trio with her sisters while the family lived first in New York state and then Connecticut. She and at least one of her sisters taught themselves to play the guitar. The sister act was known for folk music.
IMDb says that Carly Simon is the daughter of Richard Simon, a co-founder of the publisher Simon & Schuster. She attended Riverdale County School and went to college at Sarah Lawrence for two years before dropping out to sing folk music.
Career Takes Off
While most fans admire Simon as a singer, she is also a songwriter and a children’s book writer. Her musical career exploded in the early 1970s, and she won a 1971 Grammy award for Best New Artist. Shortly thereafter, she scored her first hit single with You’re So Vain.
In 1980, Carly Simon won a Grammy in the Best Recording for Children category. She claimed that her experience as a mother served as the inspiration behind making an album for children.
Her career continued full throttle in the 1980s. Simon’s 1988 recording of Let the River Run for the movie Working Girl was her greatest success of that decade. It brought her her first Oscar and her third Grammy.
The artist continues to record and to perform live. Among her most popular recent albums is This Kind of Love, released in 2008. She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994.
In 1989, Carly Simon published her first children’s book, Amy the Dancing Bear. Among the several children’s titles that followed it was Midnight Farm in 1997. She is a partner in a Martha’s Vineyard store that bears the same name.
Simon survived breast cancer in the 1990s. Her first husband was fellow artist James Taylor, to whom she was married from 1972 to 1983. She was married to writer and businessman James Hart from 1987 to 2007.
Both of her children, Ben Taylor and Sally Taylor, have pursued musical careers.
Like many 20-somethings, I fell in love with “You’re So Vain.” I still hear the score in my head every time I think of Carly Simon. Had I ever seen her perform live, I would have realized she towered over many other female performers. Her height is usually listed as 5’10”.
For decades, I like, many other fans, have wondered who was the subject of her most famous hit. Speculation most often cites Warren Beatty, James Taylor, Kris Kristofferson, and Mick Jagger. According to the Carly Simon Web site, the singer still has never revealed the name of the subject of the song. The mystery lives on.