Carly Simon

Carly Simon
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Simon's 1970s publicity photo
Born
Carly Elisabeth Simon

(1945-06-25) June 25, 1945 (age 73)
NationalityAmerican
Alma materSarah Lawrence College
OccupationSinger-songwriter, musician, actress, writer
Years active1964–present
Spouse(s)
James Taylor
(m. 1972; div. 1983)

James Hart
(m. 1987; div. 2007)
ChildrenSally Taylor
Ben Taylor
Parent(s)Richard L. Simon
Andrea Heinemann Simon
RelativesJoanna Simon (sister)
Lucy Simon (sister)
Musical career
GenresPop rock, soft rock, folk
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano
LabelsElektra, Warner Bros., Epic, Arista, Rhino, Columbia, Hear Music, Iris
Associated actsJames Taylor[1]
The Simon Sisters[2]
Elephant's Memory[3]
Jimmy Webb[4]
Hall & Oates[5]
Russ Kunkel[6]
Andreas Vollenweider[7]
Carole Bayer Sager[8]
Marvin Hamlisch[9]
Richard Perry[10]
Cat Stevens[11]
Websitewww.carlysimon.com

Carly Elisabeth Simon (born June 25, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and children's author. She first rose to fame in the 1970s with a string of hit records; her 13 Top 40 U.S. hits include "Anticipation" (No. 13), "You Belong To Me" (No. 6), "Coming Around Again" (No. 18), and her four Gold certified singles "Jesse" (No. 11), "Mockingbird" (No. 5, a duet with James Taylor), "You're So Vain" (No. 1), and "Nobody Does It Better" (No. 2) from the 1977 James Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me.

After a brief stint with her sister Lucy Simon as duo group the Simon Sisters, she found great success as a solo artist with her 1971 self-titled debut album Carly Simon, which won her the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, and spawned her first Top 10 single "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be". She achieved international fame with her third album No Secrets which sat firmly at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for five weeks and spawned the worldwide hit "You're So Vain", for which she received three Grammy nominations, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year. With her 1988 hit "Let the River Run," from the film Working Girl, she became the first artist to win a Grammy Award, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe Award for a song composed and written, as well as performed, entirely by a single artist.[12]

Over the course of her career, Simon has amassed 24 Billboard Hot 100 charting singles, 28 Billboard Adult Contemporary charting singles, and won 2 Grammy Awards, from 14 nominations.[13] AllMusic called her "one of the quintessential singer-songwriters of the '70s".[14] She has a contralto vocal range and cited Odetta as a significant influence .[15] She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994. In 1995 and 1998, respectively, she received the Boston Music Awards Lifetime Achievement and a Berklee College of Music Honorary Doctor of Music Degree.[16] She was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for "You're So Vain" in 2004 and awarded the ASCAP Founders Award in 2012.

Simon was formerly married to singer-songwriter James Taylor. They have two children together, Sally Taylor and Ben Taylor, who are also musicians.

Early life

Carly Simon was born in New York City. Her father was Richard L. Simon (co-founder of Simon & Schuster),[17] a classical pianist who often played Chopin and Beethoven at home. Her mother was Andrea Heinemann Simon (née Heinemann),[18] a civil rights activist and singer. Her father was from a German-Jewish family, while her maternal grandfather Friedrich was of German descent. Carly's maternal grandmother, Ofelia Oliete known as "Chibie", was a Catholic from Cuba, and was of Pardo heritage, a freed-slave descendant. A 2017 episode of PBS show Finding Your Roots tested Simon's DNA, which included 10% African and 2% Native American, likely via her maternal grandmother.[19]

Her grandmother was sent to England and raised by nuns until the age of sixteen.[20][21]

In the late 1960's Carly had a brief fling with Joe Bullock despite their age difference. It is believed that their romance inspired the hit song, You're So Vain.

In 2015, Simon stated that when she was seven years old, a family friend in his teens did sexual things to her.[22] She stated, "It was heinous", adding, "It changed my view about sex for a long time."[22]

Simon began stuttering severely when she was eight years old. A psychiatrist tried unsuccessfully to cure her stuttering. Instead, Simon turned to singing and songwriting. "I felt so strangulated talking that I did the natural thing, which is to write songs, because I could sing without stammering, as all stammerers can."[23]

Simon was raised in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx, New York City[24] and has two older sisters, Joanna (b. 1940) and Lucy (b. 1943), and a younger brother, Peter (b. 1947). They were raised as nominal Catholics, according to a book of photography Peter published in the late 1990s.[25] She attended Riverdale Country School. She also briefly attended Sarah Lawrence College before dropping out to pursue music.

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