The song came out in 1973 and climbed the charts to a number one hit. Carly Simon’s was the voice of the New Woman: bold, unflinching: “You’re so vain, I bet you think this song is about you!” The subtext was, “You got my attention, buddy, but ‘with your one eye in the mirror as you watch yourself gavotte,’ all your attention is on YOU.”
Suddenly everyone had to know: Who was this self-centered playboy? A list racked up of Carly’s famous BFs. First off, she was married to James Taylor and, sure, a pop star in his own right. He may have suffered a vain streak, but he was also the sensitive poet of “Fire and Rain” and “Country Road,” among many other beautifully crafted and poignant songs, so this man gets a pass.