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Carly Simon

Born 6/25/45 in New York City. pop vocalist/songwriter. Father is co-founder of Simon & Shuster publishing. Won the 1971 Best New Artist Grammy Award.

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This IS about you, Carly

  • Jun 18, 2009
I never like getting rid of old DVDs and CDs.  Whether it be for quick cash or to thin the mound down of unneeded fat that I don't watch or don't care about any more, there are three artists that I cannot get rid of, no matter what.  I talked about two of them already, now it's time for the third.  One Ms Carly Simon.

One of the bigger stars of the 70's confessional singer and song writer movement she only had two real bigger names.  Carole King and James Taylor.  Give her a few years and she'd marry Taylor in which was a bid deal way back when.  Almost a decade later of infidelity, drugs and alcohol they divoreed in the early eighties.  In between that time Carly put out some nice work with album after album with some major radio hits including the infamous "Your So Vain" a snide little number where Carly burns and old fling who burned her.  Who is it about?  Honestly as a fan I never cared that much.  I didn't grow up when the song was new and didn't get caught up in the hype that still lingers on to this day.  If Carly's smart she won't tell anyone else past Dick Ebersol and Howard Stern who know the infamous identity lover lest her song be a footnote in music history in the same manner Deep Throat was to the Nixon affairs.  Her music while in the pop realm resonated with a lot of people and her sales of albums were good.  One infamous album had her kneeling down in her underwear on the cover and was kept behind counters of music stores.  Nowadays it's passe.  The times they do change.

As the 70's closed out her popularity began to wane and her record sales were down.  While a surprise hit with her album Boys in the Trees and an excellent and timeless song Nobody Does it Better for my favorite James Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me, her next album ironically called Spy tanked.  (Spy is my favorite album of hers by the way.)

The 80's nearly killed her career with MTV's New Wave and Madonna and Carly did her best to fit into the molds to no avail.  She attempted to make a standards album called Torch at the time which are a strange affair with some people enjoying it, rubbing others the wrong way. 

A nice Oscar win later for her song Let the River Run from the movie Working Girl, and surprisingly good album followed up by a very popular HBO special and Carly was back.  Her popularity continued into the 90's with more original work, a concept album called Letters Never Sent, a box set collection, more standards albums with My Romance and Film Noir, writers block and...breast cancer.  A quick early detection and operation and she was good as new.

The 2000's had a new album of original work and a Christmas album and even more standards albums such as Moonlight Serenade and Into White and finally a new body of work called This Kind of Love.  None of this work holds a candle to her older entries but to say shes not keeping busy would be a lie.

You might be asking yourself how I even got into listening to her music in the first place.  Well during a retail job, her Your So Vain song played on the stores music and it played almost once a night for the longest time and it got stuck in my head.  One day while marking up some CD's I learned who this person was who sang the song and thought I better grab the CD before we raise the price.  I took home her best of, started it up and learned that this woman with the most beautiful voice on the planet sang not only the song I bought this for, but other songs I've heard but didn't know were hers and enjoyed them as well, it was a pleasant surprise.  A few days later I got some other cheap CD's for the same reason, one song I liked on each.  They were nice but I looked over at the best of and saw that I just took out something I really enjoyed and was superior with what was playing now.  Slowly but surely I got her CD's.

As time went by, I grew up and my taste in music grew with it.  Getting older and allegedly more mature I learned that Ms Simon's music had lost some of it's impact on me.  She has some records that I don't care for and a good matter of her songs are well to be honest girlie.  Her impact on my life in the world of music cannot be denied and her hits are still as good as they ever were.  I don't know what my CD collection would look like today if not for her, it wouldn't be as pretty and it certainly would be less vain.
Carly Simon in concert on the QE2 Carly Simon from the Spy album

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June 18, 2009
Nice review. I have enjoyed the bulk of Carly's work over the years. As you say she possesses one of the best female voices on the planet.
June 18, 2009
Thank you. Her voice can is so great it could do something phenomenal. Maybe it cured her cancer.
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Quick Tip by . October 06, 2009
A beautiful voice punctuates the writing talents of Ms Simon. Her voice is still great to this day and could contain healing properties.
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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 & Charlie Foxx hit "Mockingbird" sung with ...
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