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New Clues To Subject Of Carly Simon Hit

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Almost four decades after Carly Simon's No. 1 hit You're so Vain, new clues have narrowed the field of who may have inspired the tune.


And now, a new clue into a mystery nearly four decades old.

(Soundbite of song, "You're So Vain")

Ms. CARLY SIMON (Singer): (Singing) You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you. You're so vain, you're so vain.

BLOCK: That, of course, is Carly Simon with her number one hit from 1973. For years, the public has speculated about who she had in mind when she wrote that song. Carly Simon has said Warren Beatty called to thank her for it. Other suspects include James Taylor, Mick Jagger, Cat Stevens, Kris Kristofferson.

Last fall, Simon released a greatest hits album with a new version of "You're So Vain." And in an interview, she pointed to a little whisper that she said was the answer to the puzzle.

(Soundbite of music)

BLOCK: If you didn't catch that, it seems to be Carly Simon whispering, David. Here it is again.

(Soundbite of music)

BLOCK: But that just narrows the possibilities. Could it be David Crosby, or her producer at the time, David Geffen. In the '70s, Simon was said to be frustrated with Geffen for focusing more on Joni Mitchell's career than on hers. A spokesperson for Carly Simon had this to say to The Times of London: After 38 years we will never get a direct answer from Carly.

(Soundbite of song, "You're So Vain")

Ms. SIMON: (Singing) You walked into the party like you were walking onto a yacht. Your hat strategically dipped below one eye. Your scarf, it was apricot.

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