Everything You Need To Know About Carly Simon

If you love music you have probably heard one of Carly Simon’s songs at one point or another. This talented singer-songwriter was born on June 25, 1945. Simon does more than just sing, she also is a musician and she even writes children’s books. Read on to learn more about the life of Carly Simon.

Carly Simon first became popular in the 70’s. She sang over 13 top 40 hits, including “You’re So Vain”, “Jesse”, “You Belong To Me”, and “Coming Around Again”. She has been nominated for multiple Grammy awards and has had 24 singles that have charted and she even won two Grammy Awards. She won an Academy Award for the music she wrote for Working Girl.

Simon is a member of the Grammy Hall of Fame and has won lifetime achievement awards from Boston and Berklee College. As far as her personal life is concerned, she was married to fellow singer James Taylor. She has two children with Taylor, Sarah and Benjamin. They too are musicians.

Born in New York City to the co-founder of Simon & Schuster, Carly Simon enjoyed an upper class upbringing that was also arts friendly. Her mother was a singer and she was also a civil rights activist. Her home was full of music, and writers often came to dinner to discuss politics and the arts.

Simon started singing because she had a stutter. She couldn’t talk but the singing stopped her stuttering. She started writing her own songs at a young age.

She went to Sarah Lawrence College, but dropped out to pursue her singing career. Her song “You’re So Vain” made it to Number 1 on the music charts and is still popular today. Rumor has it that she wrote the song about Mick Jagger or Warren Beatty but she would never admit who the song was about.

Barbra Streisand Biography

Barbra Streisand is an award winning American actress, singer, composer, film producer and director. She was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 24th in 1942. Her father, Emanuel was a high school teacher and died when Barbra was just 17 month old. Diana Rosen, her mother raised her and her brother while working as a secretary. The family struggled financially and her mother remarried when Barbra was seven. Her stepfather turned out to be emotionally abusive.

Streisand has talked about her childhood as painful experience. She was shay and felt isolated because of her unusual looks. She attended Erasmus Hall High School while studying acting in New York City.

She moved to Manhattan in 1960 after graduated from high school. She met actor Elliot Gould and married him in 1963. They stayed together for eight years and had a son Jason.

Streisand entered a talent competition at a local night club when she was still taking acting lessons and working in the office. She was successful and that was the beginning of her career as a successful cabaret singer.

She debut in Broadway in 1962 with a show called “I Can Get It For You Wholesale” and won the award by the New York Drama Critics as well as nominated for Tony Award. The album for the show was her first recording and her debut album “The Barbra Streisand Album” was released from Columbia Records in 1963. The album enjoyed top 10 gold record and Streisand won two Grammy Awards.

Even though Streisand enjoyed three album successes in 1964, she opted to perform in Broadway rather than doing live concerts. She was performing in the show called “Funny Girl” and the song from the show “People” became her first top ten single.

Streisand made her movie debut in the film version of “Funny Girl” in 1968 and won Academy Award as well as Golden Glove. Her successful film career continued with movies such as “Hello, Dolly” “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever”.

During 1970s, Streisand effectively managed to combine her two interests, musical and film. The first result was the successful film “The Way We Were” in 1973. She was nominated for Academy Award and the single record became her first number one. “A Star Is Born” in 1976 followed which Streisand produced. It awarded six Golden Globes and the title song “Evergreen” became her second number one hit.

She collaborated with Neil Diamond, her former high school friend, on the song “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” in late 1970’s. The song hit number one and a dance record which she collaborated with Donna Summer “No More Tears” followed. Her best-selling album “Guilty” was released in 1980 which contained top hit song “Woman In Love”.

In 1983, Streisand made a directorial debut with “Yentil” and awarded Golden Globe as well as nominated for Academy Award. In 1985 her “The Broadway Album” charted to the top. She made her second movie as a director “Prince Of Tides” in 1991.

In 1994, after a long absent, Streisand went back to the concert stage and released the album “The Concert” which sold millions.

Her latest album “Release Me” which contained unreleased material was released in 2012. Over the period of her successful career Streisand sold over 70 million records all over the world.

Politically, Streisand is a passionate supporter of the Democratic Party.

The Helen Reddy Saga

Helen Reddy was born in October of 1941 in Australia and is an Australian singer, actress and an activist. Her songs gained international acclaim and was a spokesperson for feminine equality.

Reddy was born into a family who was already well established in show business, and at the age of 4 years old she was in the Australian Vaudeville circuit with her family. Claiming that she would never be a professional entertainer, she got married as a teenager, which did not work out, even though she had a daughter, Traci, so she went back to performing.

She won a talent contest in Australia, in which the prize was a trip to New York to audition with Mercury Records. She thought it was to cut a record, but the audition failed and she was left in New York with only $200 and Traci.

She remarried Jeff Wald, an erstwhile record producer and sometimes agent. Things went up and down, with Reddy supporting the both of them for awhile, but finally Wald moved them to Los Angeles and in 1971 she recorded a Mac Davis song, “I Believe In Music,” and the flip side of “I Don’t Know How To Love Him” from Jesus Christ Superstar, as DJ’s began to play the B side of the record, and Helen was on her way to stardom.

When her next hit,”I Am Woman” hit the charts, that really solidified her position as not only a talented and determined singer, but as a spokesperson for the up and coming feminist movement. Over the next five years, Reddy had over a dozen hits that made a real impact, and she was in her own realm when writing them.

The total sales figures for ready are tallied at over 10 million single records and 15 million albums for US sales and over 25 million in sales for albums worldwide.

A Little About Music Icon And Actor David Lee Roth

David Lee Roth is much more than just a music icon and an actor. He is an author, and he is also a singer/songwriter. Most famously, he is known as being Van Halen’s lead singer, although there was a period of years where he was absent from the rock band.

Upon Roth’s return to Van Halen, the group recorded a comeback album, which has been a huge success. David Lee Roth joined the band again in 2006, after being away from them for three decades! Of course, he was the lead singer originally, from the band’s inception in 1974 until his departure in 1985.

Roth had left Van Halen after dipping his toes in a new solo career, and of course due to having creative differences with the band’s leader, Eddie Van Halen. While Roth didn’t return full-time until 2006, he did actually get with Van Halen in 1996 as well to perform.

It should also be noted that Roth and Van Halen once again had a big disagreement in 1996 during their brief reuniting. They also were brought back together in 2001, but nothing ever really came out of that reunion, musically speaking.

It wasn’t until 2006 that his return to Van Halen was indeed solidified, and he has been with them ever since. Roth’s solo career had never truly panned out much, although he had seen some success throughout the years. With an arrest, grunge rock taking over the charts and all other kinds of things going on in the 90’s Roth was happy to return to Van Halen.

Van Halen needed him, too. The band has done much better since his return, although there have still been conflicts. However, Roth as a headline for the band has prospered Van Halen, and Roth also currently broadcasts ‘The Roth Show’ on YouTube.

The Rise Of Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan was born Robert Zimmerman in 1941 and is a singer and a songwriter who has been very influential in the pop music culture for over five decades. Dylan’s youth was spent in Duluth and Hibbing Minnesota where he listened ardently to the radio as a youth, to blues and country stations.

He and some friends formed several bands in high school and sang covers of Elvis Presley and Little Richard. In one talent show, the music was so loud that the principal cut the microphone.

While attending the University of Minnesota he performed at the Ten O’Clock Scholar, a coffeehouse near the campus, and got heavily involved in the Folk Music scene. It was here that he changed his name to Bob Dylan, being influenced by the poetry of Dylan Thomas, according to Dylan.

In 1960, Dylan quit college after the first year, and in 1961 went to New York where he met his idol Woodie Guthrie, who was in the hospital with Huntington’s Disease.

Dylan began playing in clubs in Greenwich Village and met people who influenced his style such as Odetta, The New Lost City Ramblers, and Tommy Makem. He had a few starts at recording, but they either broke even, or just barely didn’t.

In 1962, Dylan made two important decisions that greatly influenced his career. He legally changed his name to Robert Dylan and he signed a management contract with Albert Grossman.

In 1962, Dylan made an appearance in the UK, and at the end of a performance he performed his new song, “Blowin’ In the Wind,” one of its first public performances. The song became a hit for Peter Paul and Mary and Dylan was off to the races as a songwriter and performer.

Dylan became known for topical songs, or as they were called “protest songs” against the Vietnam War and other political and social situations such as the later collaboration with Joan Baez during the Civil Rights Movement.