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“You’re So Vain” – Carly Simon

Who’s it about? Warren Beatty. Sort of.

The person Carly is dinging about has been a mystery for more than 40 years, it was speculated that the subject of this famous song dissing a former lover was actor Warren Beatty, which Carly always denied. Other theories and rumors were that she was singing about Kris Kristofferson, Cat Stevens, Mick Jagger, James Taylor or David Geffen.

Simon has been elusive and changed her story a bit when asked the inevitable question about the song (strange considering the album title). In 1974, she told Modern Hi-Fi and Music: “That song is about a lot of people. I mean I can think of a lot of people. The actual examples that I’ve used in the song are from my imagination, but the stimulus is directly from a couple of different sources. It’s not just about one particular person.”

Carly finally came clean in 2015 and told People magazine that the second verse of the song was about Beatty, but that the first verse was about two other men.

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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.

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