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Carly Simon

1970s publicity photo
Born Carly Elisabeth Simon
(1945-06-25) June 25, 1945 (age 71)
The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Sarah Lawrence College
Occupation Singer-songwriter, musician, actress, writer
Years active 1964–present
Spouse(s) James Taylor (m. 1972; div. 1983)
James Hart (m. 1987; div. 2007)
Children 2
Parent(s) Richard L. Simon
Andrea Heinemann Simon
Website www.carlysimon.com
Musical career
Genres Pop rock, soft rock, folk
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Labels Elektra, Warner Bros., Epic, Arista, Rhino, Columbia, Hear Music, Iris
Associated acts James Taylor[1]
The Simon Sisters[2]
Elephant’s Memory[3]
Jimmy Webb[4]
Hall & Oates[5]
Russ Kunkel[6]
Andreas Vollenweider[7]
Carole Bayer Sager[8]
Marvin Hamlisch[9]
Richard Perry[10]
Cat Stevens[11]

Being in this business for as long as I've been in it, it's sort of like living in a town or a city before the war and then after the war and then during the reconstruction and then during the time that it sprawls out to the malls.
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Well, I make every song I sing personal. I've never chosen a song that wasn't.
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I've gone through the village of my songwriting and my artistry, and I've gone through lots of different phases, including one where it has been very quiet and abandoned me for a few years.
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Then I went through a big Peggy Lee stage, then I became Annie Ross, then Judy Collins.
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I always sang standards because the songs I wrote for myself weren't as easy to sing.
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There was a French singer, Francoise Hardy – I used to look at her pictures and try to dress like her.
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I had a mastectomy in 1998, and then chemo.
You usually can't tell what's inspiring until you look back on it.
A really strong woman accepts the war she went through and is ennobled by her scars.
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My look was even more solidified when I started singing in Greenwich Village with my sister Lucy. We wore matching dresses as the Simon Sisters.
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You know when you take the paint off an old canvas and you discover that something's been painted underneath it? That's what I feel like – that part of the old is coming through the new.
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Sometimes, but the year I lived in France I started to write songs.
One of the things that has always motivated me to write is the desire to get it out and look at it in an objective way, so that it doesn't cause me any serious pain by staying inside.
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We went to see all the shows. American musical theater and jazz were very big.
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The models for me were more the folk-rock singers of the '60s and '70s.
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As a singer I tried on all these hats, these voices, these clothes, and eventually out came me.
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It didn't matter as much because I'm a singer, not an actress, but my face is more acceptable in a way now than when I first came on the scene, because I'm part black.
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Do you know how many concerts I've done in my whole life, in more than 35 years of performing? Sixty-four.
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I always think it's interesting to dig a little bit deeper every time you go to someplace that seems like a revelation or a strong connection to an emotional truth.
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My scar is beautiful. It looks like an arrow.
I just want to show off my scar proudly and not be afraid of it.
I had this terrible stammer, so I couldn't really speak properly until I was 16 or 17.
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I try to get to those peculiar and particular things that you never think of to say.
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No, because I was always nervous about being onstage.
No, because I've never really changed my style that much.
I'm still more comfortable with standards than with my own songs.
So I suppose this slightly mature fashion sense happened because of what I had.
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I remember being onstage once when I didn't have fear: I got so scared I didn't have fear that it brought on an anxiety attack.
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My father was a classical pianist, and my mother was a singer of just about everything.
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I took it to heart that in order to be a good person, you never said anything mean about anybody.
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You know, people want to honor me, and on the one hand I just don't want to be a poster child; but on the other, I want to do something classy and great – something where the residuals will go to the cause.
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But when we listened to the radio, it was Bill Haley and the Comets or the Everly Brothers.
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Sometimes my boyfriend would write the lyrics and I would write the melody, and other times I would start from scratch. Or sometimes I would take a local poem and put that to music.
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A really strong woman accepts the war she went through and is ennobled by her scars.
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I think that most people really know if it's a really great album.
Well, I tried to get a record deal in 1966 or '67, and everyone thought I was too eclectic.
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You're lucky you had that when you were 20. I sure didn't. I was overweight, and I had acne.
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We need role models who are going to break the mold.
I think that I've got some pretty bad reviews on albums or songs that later proved themselves.
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We are in this period now where we all are trying to be in shape physically and deny ourselves any pleasure.
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