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Thanks to her contralto voice and hits like “You’re So Vain” and “Haven’t Got Time for the Pain,” pop singer Carly Simon has been called “one of the quintessential singer-songwriters of the ’70s.” • Simon had 24 singles reach the Billboard Hot 100, and 13 of those made it to the Top 40. In addition, she’s won two Grammys and an Academy Award. • Her career began in the mid-’60s as half of the duo the Simon Sisters, with her older sibling Lucy Simon. They released three albums before Lucy left to get married. • Simon’s first solo album was a 1971 self-titled release that included her breakthrough single, “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be.” The song was a Top 10 hit and earned Simon a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. • Her biggest success came with her 1972 single “You’re So Vain,” which spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for three Grammys. Mick Jagger—one of the famous men the song is rumored to be about—sings uncredited backing vocals. • The success of “You’re So Vain” helped Simon’s 1972 album No Secrets reach the top of the albums chart and achieve platinum sales. • Simon’s fourth album, 1974’s Hotcakes, reached No. 3 and included the No. 5 hit “Mockingbird,” a duet with her then-husband, James Taylor. • In 1977, Simon was nominated for a Grammy for “Nobody Does It Better,” the theme to the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me. • Though her commercial success dipped in the ’80s, Simon’s 1987 album Come Around Again sold more than a million copies—her first album in nearly a decade to do so. • Simon won an Oscar and a Golden Globe in 1989 for her song “Let the River Run,” from the 1988 romantic comedy Working Girl. She also contributed songs to the movies This Is My Life (1991), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), and Ken Burns’ documentary Baseball (1994). • In addition to music, Simon is the author of five children’s books and two memoirs.

New York, NY, United States
June 25, 1945
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