Whether you enjoy trying to figure out who “You’re So Vain” is really about or get sentimental while listening to “That’s The Way I Heard It Should Be,” singer and songwriter Carly Simon has proven time and time again that she can tell a story through song. With lyrics that can be playful, teasing or outright sentimental, Simon’s songs continue to delight audiences.
Simon first gained notoriety with the debut of her eponymous album in 1971. Carly Simon includes many of the singer and songwriter’s songs that would go on to become classics and fan-favorites, including “One More Time.” The album was well received by critics, with Timothy Crouse writing “The music, then, is lovely, but what makes this record exceptional is its subject matter” in a review for Rolling Stone in 1971. Simon would later win a GRAMMY for her debut album for Best New Artist of the Year.
What followed next is a string of hits for Simon, including “You’re So Vain,” “Haven’t Got Time For The Pain” and “Why.” Simon’s work would garner critical acclaim and popularity, with many of her singles breaking into the top 10 on the charts, and the singer would later release her first greatest hits compilation, Best Of Carly Simon, in 1975. In addition to GRAMMY awards, Simon has been recognized for her work with numerous accolades, including an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Let The River Run” and the Lifetime Achievement Award from ASCAP.
And who is “You’re So Vain” about, anyway? Longtime fans who have tried to puzzle out the mystery man behind the song may never find out. Simon has notoriously remained tight-lipped about the subject; funnily enough, the song was released on Simon’s 1972 album No Secrets.
Through the years, Simon’s songs have been featured in a number of soundtracks for films and theatre, including How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, Marvin’s Room, Piglet’s Big Movie and Bridget Jones, and the Broadway play Sleight Of Hand.
Throughout her career, Simon has released a number of compilations, covers of classic songs, traditional Christmas songs and her own songs. Her latest album is 2009’s Never Been Gone and features Simon’s reworkings of some of her classic songs, including “The Right Thing To Do,” “You Belong To Me,” and “Coming Around Again / Itsy Bitsy Spider.”
When in concert, Simon delights longtime fans with performances of her classic hits, with “Give Me All Night,” “Anticipation,” and “Two Hot Girls” among the many songs that are part of her set list. To catch Simon’s next concert performance, check out AXS.com.