The singer-songwriters movement of the 1970s, is perhaps one of the decade’s most pivotal moments in music history. And one of that period’s biggest and most acclaimed stars was Carly Simon.
The daughter of one of the founders for the piano company Simon & Schuster, Simon’s career first began when she was a member of the short-lived group The Simon Sisters. But it was 1971, when her solo career began. That year, she released her self-titled album, which included the top ten hit “That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be”. That was soon followed up with Anticipation, Simon’s first gold album, along with the title track and “Legend in Your Own Time” becoming hits as well. Simon’s breakout year of 1971 would result in a Grammy win for Best New Artist.
But then came the eventful period of 1972 and 1973, when Simon released the chart-topping album No Secrets, which featured one of the most acclaimed and speculated songs of all time “You’re So Vain”. Along with ranking as one of the greatest, and being covered of sampled by numerous artists including Janet Jackson, Taylor Swift, and even Marilyn Manson, the song has been widely speculated of who the song could have been specifically about a man, though Simon has always denied this, yet have always given vague hints. That same year Simon married James Taylor, and their biggest hit together was a cover of the song “Mockingbird” (from Simon’s 1974 album Hotcakes).
In the late 1970s, Simon had two notable hits. The first was 1977’s“Nobody Does It Better”, which was featured in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, and 1978’s “You Belong to Me”, which was originally recorded by the Doobie Brothers (one of whom co-wrote the song), and would be covered by artists including Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, and Jennifer Lopez.
In the years since then, Simon would have a few more notable periods including hits “Jesse” in 1980, and “The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of” in 1986, as well as albums including the retrospective Clouds in My Coffee in 1995. She has also been featured in numerous films including 2004’s Little Black Book. Simon is revered as one of the most notable artists from the 1970’s singer-songwriters movement, along with James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, and Carole King.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Carly Simon, eligible since 1996.