The Grammy, Academy and Golden Globe winner who rose to fame during the 1970s turns 66 today. A legend in her own time, she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994.
The biggest success of her career was the classic “You’re So Vain”, which prompted rumors worldwide as fans speculated who she was singing about when she crooned, “I bet you think this song is about you.” Likely suspects include Mick Jagger, Warren Beatty, Kris Kristofferson and Cat Stevens. Recent speculation, however, claims that it’s actually music and movie mogul David Geffen.
Simon, who was married to singer/songwriter James Taylor, suffers from severe stage and rarely toured during her hey day. I was lucky enough to see her twice, once in the late 1970s and once in the late 1980s. With much anticipation I waited for her to announce new tour dates for venues in my neighborhood when she recently toured with her two children, Sally and Ben. Alas, they didn’t come my way.
If you’re not familiar with Simon’s music, especially the wonderful deeper cuts on her albums, give her half a chance. You won’t be disappointed.
So join me in wishing Carly a Happy Birthday. It’s the right thing to do.
Ok, I probably overdid it with weaving in the song titles. Can you spot how many I mentioned? There’s at least one in every paragraph.