A Carly Simon biography has to start with the October 27, 2009, release of her album "Never Been Gone". The majority of the recording was done on Martha's Vineyard in Simon's bedroom or in the studio at son Ben Taylor's house.
In fact, most of Carly Simon's songs have ties to the Vineyard. She says she writes many songs while traveling on the ferry to the island. The huge smash hit "You're So Vain" was written on Martha's Vineyard. The title track for "Never Been Gone" was written while going back home to Martha's Vineyard on the ferry.
Simon's singing career began with her sister Lucy in New York clubs, performing as the "Simon Sisters" in the early 1960's. The sisters broke apart when Lucy got married and Carly worked on a solo album project which was later abandoned.
She had her debut LP, "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be", in 1970 and the huge hit, "You're So Vain", in 1972. Also in 1972, she married James Taylor and they sang the 1974 hit "Mockingbird". Other hits in the 70's included "I Haven't Got Time for the Pain", "Nobody Does It Better" and "You Belong to Me".
Simon and James Taylor divorced in the early 1980's. They have two children, Ben and Sally.
Ironically, Carly Simon suffers from stage fright and has challenges performing and sharing her tremendous talents.
Read more in the detailed Carly Simon Rolling Stone Biography