Carly Simon Biography
The Simon sisters who were both singers and self-taught guitarists were part of the Greenwich Village folk music club scene during the 1960s. They were signed-up by Kapp Records and had a minor chart hit Winkin Blinkin and Nod which ranked no. 73 at the chart in 1964.
After the duo broke up, just about in time of her sisters marriage, Carly Simon then relocated to Europe for a year. On 1968, she briefly became the lead singer for the band Elephants Memory. On 1970, she signed a recording contract with Elektra. On the spring of 1971, her self-titled debut album was released.
Carly Simon gained her first gold record on her second album, Anticipation, which was released in November 1971. The title track of this album was later bought by Heinz for use in its ketchup commercial.
In February 1972, Carly Simon got her very first Grammy Award for Best New Female Artist of 1971. Simons third album, No Secrets, had brought her at the peak of her career. It included the single Youre so Vain, that topped the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks in January 1973.
Carly Simon got married with singer-songwriter James Taylor and had children named Sally and Ben. On that year, her career rejuvenated when she did the theme song Nobody Does It Better, for the popular James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, which eventually went gold. In 1986, Simon launched a comeback when director Mike Nichols asked her to write the score for his film Heartburn.
In the late 1980s, inspired by Jackie Onassis, Carly Simon turned to writing childrens fiction. Her first book, Amy The Dancing Bear was published in 1989. In 1990, another book was published, The Boy of The Bells and The Fishermans Song.
In the 90s, Carly Simon again scored another Mike Nichols film, Postcards from the Edge. She is also behind the song Youre the Love of My Life which became the soundtrack of Nora Ephrons This is My Life. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997, Carly Simon survived the disease with surgery and chemotherapy.