Carly Simon - Did You Know?

Carly Simon - Did You Know?February 28, 2019

Music facts, music trivia, interesting stories and much more. Introducing the "Did You Know" page about American musician, singer, songwriter and author, Carly Simon.




Carly Simon is an American musician, singer, songwriter and author who first rose to fame during the 1970s with a string of hit records. Among her hits are 13 Top 40 U.S. hits, including the songs "You Belong To Me" (No. 6), "Anticipation" (No. 13), "Coming Around Again" (No. 18), as well as four hits that became Gold certified, "Mockingbird" (No. 5), "Jesse" (No. 11), "Nobody Does It Better" (No. 2) which features in the 1977 James Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me and of course her No.1 song, "You're So Vain."

The person that Carly Simon sings about in her song "You're So Vain" remains a mystery, as Simon has never made it clear who she wrote the song about. Rumors include Cat Stevens, Warren Beatty, Mick Jagger and Kris Kristofferson, all of whom Simon had affairs with.

Carly Simon first started recording the song with Harry Nilsson who sang backup, but Mick Jagger ended up singing on it instead, although he wasn't credited. The song received three Grammy nominations, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year.

In 1976, Carly Simon performed "You're So Vain" on Saturday Night Live, but taped her performance about an hour before the show, because she got really bad stage fright.

Over the course of her music career, Carly Simon has won two Grammy Awards, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. The Academy and Globe awards were won for her song "Let the River Run." With that, Simon became the first artist that won a Grammy Award, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe Award for a song composed and written and performed entirely by a single artist.

In 1994, Carly Simon was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 1995 and 1998, she received the Boston Music Awards Lifetime Achievement and a Berklee College of Music Honorary Doctor of Music Degree.

In 2004, Simon was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for her song "You're So Vain" and in 2012, she was awarded the ASCAP Founders Award.


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