It was not until 1994 that she was inducted
in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, but Carly really was at her prime in the
1970s. She was born in New York in 1945 and went on to produce great songs and
one of pops biggest mysteries. But more on that later.
Carly Simon started her solo career in 1971 on Elektra records with an album just called Carly Simon. She won a Grammy that year for best new artist and released a single from the album called That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be, which was followed by Anticipation and both were U.S.
top ten hits. Anticipation was about her going out on a date with Cat Stevens.
1972 gave her two minor U.S.
hits and a
worldwide hit You’re So Vain No. 3 in the UK (No. 1 U.S.). The song was a bout
a lover of Carly’s who perhaps thought more of himself than of her. For decades
the world has tried to guess who the song was about. And for decades Carly
refused to answer the question.
Some of the top contenders were Mick Jagger as he appeared on the backing vocals
of the song. Or was it Nick Nolte, James
Taylor who she married, Cat Stevens David Bowie or even David Cassidy? Was it Warren Beatty, Kris Kristofferson? Nope
it was David Geffen who was a gay record producer. He was also the billionaire
owner of Elektra records.
1973 saw one single, The Right Thing To Do. Also 1973 saw her team up with her
husband James Taylor for Mockingbird. The song
was based on Hush Little Baby folk song, and became a song written by Inez and
Charlie Foxx, who were brother and sister. Charlie died in 1998.
by the Foxx family did very
well in 1963. Taylor wanted to sing the song with Carly on her hot cakes album
in 1973. The song went in the top ten in the U.S. but just stayed out of the
top thirty in the UK.
top twenty hits that year was
Haven’t Got Time For The Pain. But it
was not until 1977 when Carly had her next big international top ten hit with
the theme to a James Bond film called The Spy Who Loved Me starring Roger
Moore. The song was called Nobody Does It Better and was composed by Marvin
Hamlish and written by Carol Bager Sayer. The song won an Academy award that
Carol Bayer Sager was also known in the 1970s for the novelty hit You’re Moving Out Today and the 60s classic A Groovy Kind Of Love which was a hit for the Mindbenders.
For Carly that was her last UK chart single. In the States she had had one more top ten hit with You Belong To Me. But Carly would return
with chart singles in the 1980s including the 1986 hit
Coming Around Again. In the U.S. during the 1970s she had seven top twenty hit
albums which include two gold, and five platinum.