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Carly Simon is one of the most popular of the confessional singer/songwriters to emerge from the early '70s with an amazing and substantial career in music, film and writing.
Simon's solo debut came with the release of her self-titled first album in February 1971, containing her first solo hit, "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be".
Later that year, the title cut of her second album, Anticipation, became her second song to make it up the charts and the album was also a bestseller, helping her to win that year's Best New Artist Grammy. Her later hits that decade included the mammoth smash "You're So Vain", "Mockingbird", "The Right Thing to Do" and "I Haven't Got Time for the Pain" as well as the theme song from the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me, "Nobody Does It Better," and the following year's "You Belong to Me", which she co-wrote with Michael McDonald.
With the '80s Simon changed direction, recording 1981's Torch, her first collection of pop standards, featuring songs by Hoagy Carmichael, Rodgers and Hart, and others. Later in the 80s, Simon's efforts as a composer for film paid off immediately as "Coming Around Again" (from the 1987 film Heartburn) became a Top 20 single and "Let the River Run" (from 1988's Working Girl) garnered her an Oscar for Best Original Song. She also composed music for the film Postcards From the Edge, including "Have You Seen Me Lately?". Also in the late '80s she surmounted her stage fright with a live concert on Martha's Vineyard, which was filmed for a popular TV special, "Carly in Concert - Coming Around Again," and recorded for her gold 1988 album Greatest Hits Live. In 1995 she went on her first major tour since 1981, and even played in New York's Grand Central Terminal. Like the Martha's Vineyard show, the performance was taped for cable.
Over the past two decades, Simon has continued to successfully diversify her career. In 1993 her opera for young people, Romulus Hunt, debuted at the Metropolitan Opera and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She has written five children's books: Amy the Dancing Bear, The Boy of the Bells, The Fisherman's Song, The Nighttime Chauffeur, and Midnight Farm. She also set nursery rhymes to music on Mother Goose's Basket Full of Rhymes. Now, in 2008, Carly Simon returns with the Brazilian inflected This Kind of Love, her highly anticipated first album of all original songs in eight years.
This Morning - Only on A&E's PRIVATE SESSIONS – the legendary singer/songwriter CARLY SIMON chats with host Lynn Hoffman about her remarkable career from performing as one of the Simon Sisters to making it big as a solo act in the worlds of music, film and literature, as well as discussing her latest CD, This Kind of Love. Carly also performs her signature hits "You're So Vain", "Anticipation", "Let the River Run" and new songs "This Kind of Love" and "Island", exclusively for Private Sessions.
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