Welcome to our “Psychedelic Lunch” series where we find out how deep the rabbit hole really goes and explore music from the 60’s to today. Weekdays At Noon EST. Enjoy the trip!
Carly is the daughter of Richard Simon, who owned part of the publishing company Simon and Schuster. When she shopped her demo tape, Clive Davis at Columbia Records turned her down and she went to Elektra. She understands how Davis could miss this one, as her father turned down publishing the book Gone With The Wind.
She was married to James Taylor from 1972-1983.
She won the Grammy for Best New Artist of 1971.
When Carly was in Los Angeles recording her Hot cakes album, she and James Taylor lived in the house that was later owned by OJ Simpson. She has commented that seeing it on TV during all of the coverage was quite surreal. The house has since been demolished and a new home built in its place.
On the cover of her Hotcakes album, Carly is pregnant with her daughter Sally.
In 1964, seven years before she charted as a solo artist, Simon made #73 US with “Winkin’, Blinkin’ And Nod” with her older sister Lucy, credited to The Simon Sisters.
She went to Sarah Lawrence college, and during this time performed with her sister as The Simon Sisters.