Carly Simon, full name, Carly Elisabeth Simon was born on June 25, 1945. Her father, Richard L. Simon was also co-founder of Simon & Schuster was Jewish and an accomplished pianist while mother, Andrea Louise Simon of black and German descent was a civil rights activist and singer. She has two older sisters, Joanna and Lucy and a younger brother Peter. They spent their growing up days in the neighborhood of the Bronx, New York City called Riverdale.
Carly Simon began her music career as one part of the duet, The Simon Sisters partnering with one of her older siter, Lucy. The formation was however shortlived as after 3 albums, elder sister Lucy got married and went on to start a family.
In 1971, Carly Simon started her solo career with Elecktra Records releasing a self titled album simply titled, Carly Simon. The album met with great success when one of the songs, “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be” broke into the top ten charts. Riding on this was of initial success, she quickly followed up with a second album, “Anticipation”. It was another big hit, reaching reaching #3 at Easy Listening radio and #13 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
Carly Simon’s biggest success came in 1973 with “You’re So Vain” which was a smash hit, reaching number 1 on the U.S. Pop and Adult Contemporary charts. In the United States alone, it sold over a million copies. This phenomenal success propelled Simon’s breakthrough album “No Secrets” to number 1 on the U.S. album charts for six consecutive weeks.
The album achieved Gold status that year, but by the album’s 25th anniversary in 1997, the album had been certified Platinum. “You’re So Vain” received Grammy Award nominations for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female. Additionally, in 2008, it was listed at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100’s list of the top 100 songs from the chart’s first 50 years, August 1958 through July 2008.
The album received Grammy Award nominations for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female. Carly Simons went on to make may other hit albums throughout her career, making her on of the most successful female solo artists of all time.