The author and singer of one of Pop music’s most mysterious songs “You’re So Vain” was born in 1945
Singer-songwriter Carly Simon turns 74 today
Carly Elisabeth Simon was born on June 25, 1945 in The Bronx, New York City. Simon rose to popularity during the 1970’s as a singer- songwriter, scoring several hit songs throughout that decade and the 1980’s including “Anticipation”, “You Belong To Me”, “Coming Around Again”, the No.1 “You’re So Vain” (featuring Mick Jagger) and “Nobody Does It Better” from the 1977 James Bond film, “The Spy Who Loved Me”. With her 1988 hit “Let the River Run,” from the film Working Girl, she became the first artist to win a Grammy Award, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe Award for a song composed and written, as well as performed, entirely by a single artist Simon married singer-songwriter James Taylor in 1972 and they had two children together. The couple divorced in 1983. The subject of her No.1 hit “You’re So Vain” became one of the biggest mysteries in Pop music, with the famous lyric “You’re so vain/I bet you think this song is about you.” For more than 40 years, Simon has not publicly revealed the name of the subject, despite the rumors would be about Mick Jagger who sings with Simon on the song. In 2003, she auctioned off the information to the winner of a charity function for US$50,000, with the condition that the winner, television executive Dick Ebersol, not reveal it. More recently, in November 2015, while promoting her about-to-be-published memoir, Simon said, “I have confirmed that the second verse is Warren” and added that while “Warren thinks the whole thing is about him,” however, he is the subject only of that verse, with the remainder of the song referring to two other remaining a mystery. Carly Simon turns 74 today.
Watch a music video for “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon featuring back vocals by Mick Jagger
Watch Carly Simon speaking about the mysterious lyrics of “You’re So Vain”
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