Carly Simon finally says who “You’re So Vain” is written about, confirms what we knew all along

Carly Simon, the legendary singer/songwriter, has left an indelible mark on the music industry, and her song “You’re So Vain” remains one of rock ‘n’ roll’s biggest mysteries. But now, Carly herself has revealed who the classic song is about.

Born on June 25, 1945, in New York City, Carly Simon had a childhood marked by moments of insecurity and early encounters with the music industry. She was the youngest daughter of an upper-class New York family, and her father, Richard Simon, was the co-founder of the Simon & Schuster publishing company.

Carly’s early years were shaped by a sense of inadequacy, being the third daughter, and a traumatic experience of disturbing sexual encounters with a teenage boy when she was just 7 or 8 years old. Despite these challenges, she had the opportunity to rub shoulders with celebrities like Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, and baseball legend Jackie Robinson, who became her friend and mentor.

In the mid-1960s, Carly and her sister Lucy formed the Simon Sisters and began their musical journey. They sang folk music and even performed in the UK. However, Lucy later left to get married, and Carly continued her pursuit of a music career.

Carly’s breakthrough came in the early 1970s when she released her debut album, “Carly Simon.” Her song “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be” became a hit, and her career started gaining momentum. Her second album, “Anticipation,” further solidified her popularity, featuring the hit song “Anticipation.”

In November 1972, Carly released her third album, “No Secrets,” which included the iconic song “You’re So Vain.” The song quickly became a smash hit and has since been regarded as one of the greatest songs of all time. It held a place on the Billboard charts and earned Carly a Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year.

“You’re So Vain” was shrouded in mystery for years, with speculation about who it was about. Some believed it was Mick Jagger, who sang uncredited on the song, but Carly Simon revealed that the second verse referred to Warren Beatty, whom she briefly dated in the early 1970s.

While the song remains a mystery for the other verses, Carly Simon’s career continued to flourish. She was married to singer/songwriter James Taylor for 11 years, and they had two children together. Carly’s music career continued to thrive, with hits like “Nobody Does It Better” and “Let The River Run.”

Carly Simon’s contributions to music earned her numerous awards and accolades, including an Academy Award, a Grammy, and a Golden Globe for “Let The River Run.” In 1994, she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Carly Simon’s legacy as a legendary singer and songwriter is secure, and her music will continue to inspire and captivate audiences for generations to come.

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