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Born: June 25, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Music ... singer composer lyricist author


Again for Arista Records. The single, a hopeful pop ballad about spiritual rebirth, was initially featured in the 1986 film "Heartburn," but found a second life on the album, leaping into the Top 40 and garnering another Grammy nomination. The album was significantly promoted by a 1987 HBO special, "Carly Simon ¿ Coming Around Again," which featured Simon in concert at her new home on Massachusetts¿s Martha¿s Vineyard. The concert was released on disc as Greatest Hits Live (1988), which was also a top seller.

The following year, Simon provided the song "Let the River Run" for Mike Nichols¿ 1988 romantic comedy "Working Girl." The song, part gospel testimonial and part classical vocal piece, swept the awards in 1989, winning not only the Oscar but a Golden Globe and Grammy to boot, as well as a place in the record books as one of only two songs written and performed by a single artist to win all three significant movie awards. Simon also launched a successful second career that year with her first children¿s book, Amy the Dancing Bear.

The 1990s saw a flurry of activity from the newly revitalized Simon. She recorded a second album of standards, 1990¿s My Romance, which was soon followed by a LP of original songs, Have You Seen Me Lately?, which yielded a Top 5 Adult Contemporary hit with "Better Not Tell Her." She delved deeper into film work, scoring the 1990 film "Postcards from the Edge" and "This Is My Life" (1992) for director Nora Ephron. Two more children¿s books, The Boy of the Bells (1990) and The Fisherman¿s Song (1991), were released before she tackled a contemporary opera, "Romulus Hunt" (1993), which had been commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera and the Kennedy Center.

In 1995, Simon appeared to conquer her decades-long bout with stage fright by appearing at an unannounced performance at Grand Central Station Terminal in New York. An American tour with Hall & Oates followed that same year, as did a surprising performance with ex-husband Taylor for the Martha¿s Vineyard Agricultural Society. The year was capped by a comprehensive boxed set, Clouds in My Coffee, which covered the highlights of her then-three-decade career. Simon teamed with composer-arranger Jimmy Webb for Film Noir (1997), a third album of standards, which earned her another Grammy nomination. But the year was overshadowed when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, which required a mastectomy, chemotherapy and two rounds of reconstructive surgery in 1997 and 1998. While recovering, she recorded a collection of songs in her home that were released in 2000 as The Bedroom Tapes. The record failed to generate sales, but Simon herself was on the charts in 2001 with "Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You)," a collaboration with Janet Jackson which featured a newly recorded version of "You¿re So Vain" interpolated into the song.

Simon continued to record on a regular basis, releasing Christmas albums in 2002 and new compilations of her older material in 2003. A fourth greatest hits package went to No. 22 on the Billboard chart in 2004, and provided her with her first gold album since the 1980s. It was followed by a fourth album of standards, Moonlight Serenade, in 2005, and her first concert tour in a decade. In 2007, Simon recorded her fifth album of covers, Into White, which featured songs by Cat Stevens, the Beatles and the Everly Brothers, as well as duets with her children, Ben and Sally, who had followed in their parents¿ footsteps as artists and political activists. To many industry observers¿ surprise, it debuted at No. 13 on the Billboard charts, signaling a third act to Simon¿s music career. Flush with the success of Into White, she signed with Hear Music, a new label owned by the Starbucks coffee chain. A new album of original songs, titled This Kind of Love, appeared in the chain¿s stores in 2008, which leapt to the Top 20 on the Billboard charts. The following year, Simon launched a lawsuit against Starbucks, stating that they had failed to adequately promote the album by pulling out of their deal with Hear Music shortly before the album¿s release.

Simon licked her wounds with Never Been Gone, a collection of acoustic versions of her established hits. Released in 2009 by Iris Records, it was the lowest-charting album of her career. In 2010, she made several appearances on U.K. television programs to promote the record, which sent it to No. 45 on the English charts. That same year, Simon was named among the list of celebrities who had suffered significant financial losses through investor Kenneth I. Starr¿s Ponzi scheme.

By Paul Gaitanticipation with "The Right Thing to Do," Simon scored another hit album with 1974¿s Hotcakes. The album cover featured an ebullient Simon, pregnant with her first child by Taylor, a daughter named Sally, and a generally upbeat mood in its material, as reflected in its lead single, a cover of Charlie and Inez Foxx¿s "Mockingbird" with Taylor, and the more sobering "I Haven¿t Got Time for the Pain," both of which reached the Top 10. By 1975, Simon was one of the leading figures in popular music, with enough hits to her name to generate a greatest hits album, The Best of Carly Simon, which reached triple-platinum status and became the best-selling album of her career.

Simon¿s record sales began to experience a decline with the release of her fifth album, Playing Possum (1975). Though it broke the Top 10 and featuring a Top 40 single, "Attitude Dancing," audiences and critics alike found it a more superficial album than her previous, highly confessional releases. Its follow-up, 1976¿s Another Passenger, fared even worse, with its single, "It Keeps You Running," barely reaching the Top 50. Any number of factors contributed to this downward turn in her creativity ¿ Simon suffered from crippling stage fright, which made it difficult for her to promote her songs in concert, and her relationship with Taylor had become fraught with tension over his rampant drug use and emotional unavailability, as well as rumors of physical abuse. Despite the turmoil, they had a second child, Benjamin, in 1977.

She rebounded in 1977 with "Nobody Does It Better," the theme to the James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me." The track reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became her second biggest hit of the decade, selling over a million copies and earning both Grammy and Academy Award nominations. Its popularity carried over to her next album, Boys in the Trees (1978), which featured the sultry "You Belong to Me" and netted her third Grammy nod while signaling what appeared to be a significant career revival. But Simon spent much of the close of the 1970s in her husband¿s wake, performing on several of his albums and teaming with him for the 1979 No Nukes concert at Madison Square Garden, which was documented in the concert film "No Nukes" (1980). In 1980, Simon collapsed while performing in Pittsburgh, and significantly cut back on her already limited tour schedule. She also parted was with Elektra Records, her label home since the early `70s, and released a series of low-selling and critically ignored records, including Torch (1981), a collection of jazz standards.

In 1983, her marriage to Taylor finally gave out after she delivered an ultimatum for him to cut back on touring and spend more time with his children. His response was the 1981 album Dad Loves His Work, which essentially provided her with an answer. She signed with Epic in 1985, but the resulting record, Spoiled Girl, did little to change her fortunes. Her personal life was also under some strain; a 1985 engagement to drummer Russ Kunkel dissolved the following year. In 1987, she married writer and businessman James Hart. That same year, Simon recorded Coming Around

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