She Wrote About Vainness

By | Jun 25, 2012

Carly Elisabeth Simon was born June 25, 1945. She has had a long career as a singer song- writer.

Her first recording was with her sister Lucy, as the Simon Sisters and they had a minor hit with the song Winkin’, Blinkin’ and Nod in 1964. In all they recorded 3 albums together.

In 1971 she released her self titled first album. This was followed shortly afterward by her second album, Anticipation.

It was with the release of her third album, No Secrets, and the song You’re So Vain that made her a superstar. The song’s lyrics contain the lyrics “You’re so vain/I bet you think this song is about you.” But she has never said who the song was about although she hinted that it could be a composite of several people, and for many people the most likely “suspects” have always been Warren Beatty or Mick Jagger.

It also could have been, but probably isn’t, about James Taylor. Taylor and Simon married on November 3, 1972. Before their divorce in 1983 they had two children , Sarah “Sally” Maria Taylor born January 7, 1974 and Benjamin “Ben” Simon Taylor born January 22, 1977. Both have followed their parents in the music industry.

Simon has won a Grammy as Best New Artist (1971) as well as a Grammy and the Academy Award for the song Let the River Run from Working Girl in 1988. In 1994 She was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.


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