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In 1980, Simon signed with Elektra’s sibling label Warner Bros. Records and released her ninth studio album, Come Upstairs. During a show in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to promote the album, Simon collapsed onstage of exhaustion. She subsequently performed considerably less throughout the 1980s. From that album, Simon scored another million-selling U.S. Gold single with the hit, “Jesse”, which peaked at No. 11 and remained on the charts for nearly six months. After the major chart success of “Jesse”, Simon’s singles became generally less successful in the mid 1980s, although most of them did well on Adult Contemporary radio formats. Simon also contributed the song “Be With Me” to the 1980 album In Harmony: A Sesame Street Record, which was produced by her sister Lucy and Lucy’s husband, David Levine. Simon can also be heard on the song “In Harmony”, along with other members of the Simon/Taylor families. Carly and Lucy contributed a “Simon Sisters” song—which was called “Maryanne”—to the 1982 follow-up album In Harmony 2, which was also produced by Lucy and her husband. Both albums won Grammy Awards for Best Album for Children.
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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”. Simon 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. Over the course of her career, Simon has amassed 24 Billboard Hot 100 charting singles, 28 Billboard Adult Contemporary charting singles, and has won two Grammy Awards. AllMusic called Simon, “One of the quintessential singer-songwriters of the ’70s”. Simon has a contralto vocal range and has cited Odetta as a significant influence .
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Simon’s record sales declined considerably with 1975’s Playing Possum and 1976’s Another Passenger. Playing Possum was a Top Ten album, and garnered a successful Top 40 single “Attitude Dancing” and two other charting singles, but its racy album cover, which depicts Simon wearing only a black negligee and knee-high black boots, generated controversy. In 1991, Rolling Stone would rank it No. 20 on their list of the 100 greatest album covers. Another Passenger produced only one charting single on the Pop singles chart, “It Keeps You Runnin'”, with the Doobie Brothers, which peaked just outside the Top 40, at No. 46, and the second single, “Half A Chance”, only charted on the Adult Contemporary chart. Despite the lukewarm commercial reception, the album was, and remains, one of Simon’s best reviewed works, with Rolling Stone calling it “Carly Simon’s best record”. The album has also gone on to become a favorite among many of Simon’s fans. 1976 also saw Simon contributing backup vocals on the song “Peter” on Peter Ivers’s album Peter Ivers. She also made her only appearance on Saturday Night Live. It was a pre-taped performance—a rare occurrence on that show—because Simon suffered terrible bouts of stage fright. In the appearance, she sang two songs: “Half A Chance” and her signature song, “You’re So Vain”.
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Post a Comment Your name Comment Your email This will not appear on the site DISCLAIMER: You are solely responsible for the comments and other content that you post. FanPix.Net accepts no responsibility whatsoever in connection with or arising from such content. View all Carly Simon comments posted by denis mulcahy like your music,voice and stories, i guess we will never know who was so vain, and of course love your pics dnm posted Apr 14, 2010 posted by William DeLeshe To me Carly simon is and always was a great singer.From “Nobody Does It Better” to old standards,she is just outstanding. posted Apr 8, 2010
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Simon was signed by Jac Holzman to Elektra Records in 1970. She released her self-titled debut album, Carly Simon, in March 1971. The album contained her breakthrough top-ten hit “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be”. The album peaked at No. 30 and the single peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard charts. Her second album, Anticipation, came November of that same year. Like its predecessor, the album peaked at No. 30, and its lead single, also titled “Anticipation”, became a significant hit, reaching No. 3 at Easy Listening radio and No. 13 on Billboard’s Pop singles chart. It is perhaps even more famous for its use in a variety of international commercials to market the thick ketchup of the H. J. Heinz Company. The single was written in 15 minutes while Simon waited for Cat Stevens to pick her up for a date. The pair had become romantically involved shortly after Simon had opened for Stevens at L.A.’s Troubadour around the time her debut album was released.
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Simon has been close friends with James Taylor’s younger brother Livingston Taylor for over forty years. Livingston has said, “I love Carly and Carly loves me. She’s a ferocious advocate and supporter of my music.” They have worked as a musical duo for some songs such as “Best of Friends”, released in Livingston’s 2006 album There You Are Again, and others earlier in their careers.
The daughter of the publisher Richard Simon (of Simon & Schuster) she spent a superficially charmed childhood in her parents’ luxury homes. Albert Einstein, President Eisenhower, James Thurber and Oscar Hammerstein came for dinner parties. Mommy was ‘tiny’ and ‘dazzling’. Daddy was tall, handsome and passionate. Everybody agreed that Dick Simon had ‘twirl: a kind of sexy flourish’. But Carly knew Daddy loved her older sisters, Joey and Lucy, best and had wanted her to be a boy. She was to have been christened Carl, the ‘Y’ added in disappointment, ‘like an accusing chromosome’. When her baby brother was born she was instantly eclipsed, and then her mum began an affair with the boy’s male nanny.
Torch was an album of melancholy jazz standards, but suffered from disappointing sales, peaking at No. 50 on the charts. The album was well received critically, and featured one original song by Simon, “From The Heart”, as well as a cover of Stephen Sondheim’s “Not a Day Goes By” from his musical Merrily We Roll Along. Also in 1981, Carly Simon was the second female solo artist to be featured on MTV’s first day of the air in her video for “Vengeance” (Pat Benatar was the first female solo artist to appear on MTV, and Juice Newton was the third).
Taylor Swift has said of Simon “She has always been known for her songwriting and her honesty. She’s known as an emotional person but a strong person. I really really look up to that. I admire her. I think she’s always been beautiful and natural and seems to do it all effortlessly. There’s nothing more attractive than someone who seems to live effortlessly.” Carly Rae Jepsen has also been influenced by Simon, stating “In truth I think I’m inspired by her for many reasons,” she explained. “I think her music is amazing. I love the way she writes, which is very — almost to the point. There’s not a lot of — I want to say there’s not a lot of metaphor to it. I think it’s really relatable and honest. And I love her fashion sense.”
During the 1990s, the American press reported an incident between Simon and the Pretenders’ vocalist Chrissie Hynde, at a Joni Mitchell concert at New York’s Fez Club. Some reports stated that a drunk and disorderly Hynde grabbed Simon around the neck and punched her, although Simon attempted to put these rumors to rest on her official website in 2002. Numerous witnesses, however, claim that Simon was, indeed, assaulted by Hynde.
Simon underwent a mastectomy, chemotherapy and reconstructive surgery for breast cancer during 1997 and 1998. There had been a lump in her breast for several years before then, but her doctors had advised her against surgery. Simon later recounted: “Then one doctor said, ‘You know what, I’d rather see it in a jar than in your breast.'” She also said that she felt “a little angry with myself” over the fact that she did not insist on taking it out sooner. Simon’s surgery came at the same time as the death of her longtime friend Linda McCartney, who had also struggled with breast cancer. Simon described McCartney’s death as having emotionally “crushed” her.
On my way to interview the singer-songwriter Carly Simon in 2008, I hoped I’d have the nerve to ask about her string of famous lovers: Cat Stevens, Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, Kris Kristofferson and (possibly) Mick Jagger. I suspected it would be easier to draw her on these early dalliances than on her ten-year marriage to James Taylor, which crumbled in a mess of addiction and infidelity in 1980. He still won’t speak to her, although they have two grown-up children, giving her more reason to keep her famously lush lips sealed on the subject.