Carly Simon

Carly Simon (born June 25, 1945) is an American singer/songwriter from the Bronx who released eight albums on Elektra between 1971 and 1979, followed by a round of titles on Warner, Epic, and Arista during the subsequent decade.

Simon was born Carly Elisabeth Simon on June 25, 1945, in the Bronx. She is the third of four children born to classical pianist and Simon & Schuster co-founder Richard Simon (1899–1960) and civil rights activist Andrea Heinemann Simon (1909–1994).

The Simon children all pursued careers in the arts. Carly’s oldest sister, Joanna (b. 1940), was a mezzo-soprano for the New York City Opera; she was later an arts correspondent with the MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour. The middle daughter, Lucy (b. 1943), recorded three folk-pop albums with Carly and later became a theater composer. Their younger brother, Peter Simon (1947–2018), was a noted celebrity photographer.

At age eight, Carly developed a speech impediment. She began singing and songwriting, partly because stutterers can sing without stuttering.

In the summer of 1964, Carly and Lucy started performing folk songs as The Simon Sisters. They signed with Knapp Records and released Meet The Simon Sisters later that same year. It yielded a minor hit with “Winkin’, Blinkin’ And Nod,” the Eugene Field children’s poem set to music composed by Lucy. Their second album, Cuddlebug, was recorded during those same sessions and released in 1966. They cut one further album, The Simon Sisters Sing the Lobster Quadrille and Other Songs for Children, before Lucy quit to get married. After Carly’s solo success, Lucy released two mid-’70s albums on RCA before going into theater composition.

In 1968, Carly sung briefly with the brass-psych big band Elephant’s Memory, which would later serve as John Lennon’s backing band. She also had a bit part in Miloš Forman’s 1971 comedy film Taking Off, where she plays an auditioning singer who sings “Long Term Physical Effects,” included on the film’s soundtrack. Meanwhile, Elektra Records co-founder Jac Holzman signed her to the label as a solo artist.


  • Carly Simon (1971)
  • Anticipation (1971)
  • No Secrets (1972)
  • Hotcakes (1974)
  • Playing Possum (1975)
  • Another Passenger (1976)
  • Boys in the Trees (1978)
  • Spy (1979)
  • Come Upstairs (1980)
  • Torch (1981)
  • Hello Big Man (1983)
  • Spoiled Girl (1985)
  • Coming Around Again (1987)
  • Working Girl (OST, 1989)
  • My Romance (1990)
  • Have You Seen Me Lately? (1990)


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