1973 Carly Simon – The Right Thing To Do
Carly Simon was born in the Bronx in 1945. Her father was the co-founder of the Simon and Shuster publishing company.
Carly and her sister Lucy recorded two albums in the mid-sixties as the Simon Sisters. They reached #73 on the Hot 100 in 1964 with a single whose lyrics came from a nursery rhyme: Winkin’, Blinkin’, and Nod.
The Doobie Brothers would record a version of the poem and release it as a single in 1980 that reached #76 on the Hot 100 and #31 on the Adult Contemporary (AC) chart.
The Simon Sisters recorded one last album in the late sixties comprised of children’s songs. Carly began singing with Elephant’s Memory, but left the group before they started singing background music for John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band.
Carly signed with Elektra Records and released her first solo album in early 1971. She reached the top ten with her very first single, That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be.
She briefly dated Cat Stevens and wrote Anticipation while waiting for him to show up for a date. In 1972, Carly married James Taylor. She then hit the top of the Hot 100 with the song You’re So Vain. While Carly has not yet publicly revealed which three people the song was about, she has confided the name of the man who was the primary inspiration for the song to several people, including Taylor Swift. She has also confirmed that the second verse (and only the second verse) is about Warren Beatty.
A line from the film The Last Picture Show inspired her next single: “Loving you is the right thing to do.” She wrote the song to or about James when their marriage was only a few months old.
The single peaked at only #17 on the Hot 100 but also reached #4 on the AC chart.
She returned to the top ten with her next single, the duet Mockingbird that she sang with her husband. Their marriage endured for almost another decade.
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