Who Did Carly Think Was Vain

Carly Simon had some great hits, but one was humongus, "You're So Vain." It started a national conversation about which of the rich, famous and handsome fellows she was talking about. Suspects included Jagger and my guess, Warren Beatty. John Hale writes abou the song and it's possible candidates here. (Ps, the latest word is the man was David Geffen.) TDR

Carly Simon didn't have to worry about where her next meal was coming from. Her father, Richard L. Simon, a noted concert pianist, was also a co-founder of the Simon & Shuster Publishing Company empire. Her mother, Andrea Louise Simon, was a civil rights activist and singer.

Early in her young adult years, Carly Simon teamed up with her sister Lucy to form the Simon Sisters duo, before leaving for a career on her own. Carly Simon picked the right time to go solo. She wrote folk-inflected pop, and became a top ten singer in the early seventies, along with other such folk-rock artists as Joni Mitchell and Carole King.

Not so well-known is that Carly Simon took up singing to overcome a stuttering problem she'd had since the age of eight. She recorded a string of successful hits, several making it into the Top 10 in the early to mid-seventies. Carly Simon's most successful song, "You're So Vain," created something of a mystery surrounding itself.

Fans, and some rather prominent boyfriends, including the likes of Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger and actor Warren Beatty wanted to know who the song was about. Carly Simon wasn't talking... choosing instead to say she wrote the song about a composite of various former beaus in her life. She did say she wasn't thinking of James Taylor, the fellow folk rocker she was married to for many years.

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