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You’re So Vain

January 6, 1973 – 43 Years Ago Today (yesterday)  Carly Simon began a 3-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with her single, “You’re So Vain.” It was the leadoff single from her album, “No Secrets,” which began a five-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart the following week. The autobiographical song became Simon’s 4th Hot 100 single, her only No. 1 and the best-selling single of her storied career. The single also enjoyed a 2-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard AC chart. Mick Jagger provided uncredited backing vocals and Janet Jackson sampled the song in 2001 on her single, “Son Of A Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You).” The details of the song whom Simon was referring to were sold at auction in August 2003. Simon agreed to reveal the name of the song’s subject to the highest bidder of the Martha’s Vineyard Possible Dreams charity auction. With the top bid of $50,000, Dick Ebersol, president of NBC Sports, and a friend of Simon’s, won the right to know the name of the person “You’re So Vain” was written about. Ebersol was given a private performance of the song at Simon’s home and Simon whispered the name into his ear. A condition of the prize was that Ebersol would not reveal the person to anyone. Ebersol said that Simon allowed him to divulge a clue about the person’s name: “Carly told me that I could offer up to the entire world, a clue as to what she’ll tell me when we have this night in about two weeks. And the clue is: The letter ‘E’ is in the person’s name.” Although Simon, at times, had suggested that the subject of the song was a composite of several people, the clue she allowed Ebersol to reveal was a letter in the person’s name, implying the subject is one person. So far the letters, “E,” “A” and “R” have been revealed as the person who was the subject of Simon’s signature song. The single was certified Gold for sales of one million copies. “You’re So Vain” earned two Grammy nominations, one for Best Pop Female Vocalist and one for the top prize of Record of the Year. In 2004, the single was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Carol Kaye On Women in Jazz

Carol Kaye (born March 24, 1935) is an American musician, known as one of the most prolific and widely heard bass guitarists, playing on an estimated 10,000 recordings in a career spanning over 50 years.[1]

As a session musician, Kaye was the bassist on many Phil Spector and Brian Wilson productions in the 1960s and 1970s. She played guitar on Ritchie Valens‘ “La Bamba” and is credited with the bass tracks on several Simon & Garfunkel hits and many film scores by Quincy Jones and Lalo Schifrin. One of the most popular albums Carol contributed to was the Beach BoysPet Sounds.



Dating back to the 30s, 40s, 50s, early 60s
as well as a few of the later real Jazz musicians,
there’s fusion players who I won’t list here,
fusion is not the real Jazz:

Marylou Williams pianist-vocalist
Shirley Scott – pianist-organist
Hazel Scott pianist-vocalist
Marian McPartland pianist
Dorothy Donegan pianist-vocalist
Mary Osborne NY studio guitarist
Vivian Garry – string bassist
Evelyn Roberts pianist/arranger (sister of Ernie Freeman)
Viola Burnside – tenor sax
Carla Raye bassist
Terry Pollard pianist/vibes
Norma Teagarden pianist
Marjorie Hyams vibes
Melba Liston trombonist
Alice Coltrane – pianist
Toshiko Akiyoshi – pianist
JoAnn Brackeen piano
Vi Redd sax
Arlette McCoy (Budwig)
Nellie Lutcher
Peggy Gilbert sax
Betty O’Hara trumpet
Vi Stafford pianist
Ethel Smith organist
Joyce Collins pianist-vocalist
Clora Bryant trumpet
Dottie Dodgion drummer
Patrice Rushen pianist
Jane Jarvis pianist-singer-producer-arranger
Corky Hale pianist – jazz harpist, now producing
Jane Sager
Ann Patterson

This is just for starters of women famous in the 50s for great jazz, or in Ethel Smith’s case, for just plain excellence as a musician….she was famous for playing Tico-Tico on organ like you never heard it played since. Her technique and professionalism inspired me a lot, but it didn’t matter if she was a woman or a man, she was great in her playing – music notes have no gender.

I worked the 1979 Women’s Jazz Festival with Marian McPartland, Melba Liston (she was featured in Gerald Wilson’s great Jazz Orchestra 40s-50s), others. These names represent the finest of Women Jazz Musicians, most of whom worked with the men, and many formed their own Jazz groups and bands like Ann Patterson, Patrice Rushen who are still doing it.

This barely scratches the surface of great women musicians but gives you an idea of who was around, known for their prowess in music, and totally accepted and respected by male musicians and the public back then too. Majorie Hyams was featured vibist with the great George Shearing Quintet 1950s.

Terri Lynn Carrington today is a fine example of a super pro (famous jazz drummer), Toshiko Akiyoshi pianist, Patrice Rushen pianist, Bobbye Hall percussionist, Sheila (E) Escovedo percussionist, bandleader, Jane Ira Bloom, Stacey Rowles flugel horn, Ann Patterson sax, Jane Getz pianist, there’s many more out there too on TV in studio orchestras inc. the Grammy-award winner bassist Esperanza Spalding etc. The great bandleader and lead Jazz trumpet player Ellen Seeling is to be congratulated for her career as well as her work to get recognition for women musicians of today.

Beegie Adair’s piano work is now very popular on cable…she lives in the Nashville area,and works jazz gigs as well as some recording, excellent pianist, good jazz soloist. Patrice Rushen continues to put out some fine music as does Terri Lynn Carrington, Sheila E, Esperanza Spalding, others today in real Jazz – please note fusion is not real Jazz….
Also read Quincy Jones’ book “Q” for he mentions this era and many of the name women Jazz musicians in his book too – pre-rock, and in real Jazz. Yes, I’m in his book too…..he does say “some women Jazz musicians were so great, they’d leave the men in their dust.”

Lady Gaga named Billboard Woman of the Year for 2015

Lady Gaga  brought down the house at Billboard’s annual Women in Music event in New York on Friday with a gripping performance of her tribute song to victims of sexual assault, “Til It Happens to You.”

Other honorees include:

Selena Gomez, Chart-Topper

Kelsea Ballerini, Rising Star

Fifth Harmony, Group of the Year

Loretta Lynn, Legend

Brittany Howard, Powerhouse

Missy Elliott, Innovator

Tori Kelly, Breakthrough

Demi Lovato, Rulebreaker

Lana Del Rey, Trailblazer


playlist January 3 2016 Music by Women from 2015 host kitten/barb

Lady Gaga / Til It Happens to You / Til It Happens to You / 2015 / Interscope
Selena Gomez / Revival / Revival / 2015 / Interscope
Kelsea Balerini / Peter Pan / The First Time / 2015 / Black River Entertainment
Fifth Harmony / Brave, Honest, Beautiful / Reflection / 2015 / Epic
Loretta Lynn / Wine, Women and Song / Loretta Lynn: All Time Greatest Hits / 2002 / MCA Nashville
Brittany Howard & Ruby Amanfu / I Wonder / I Wonder / 2015 / Third Man Records
Missy Elliott / Work It / Under Construction / 2002 / Elektra
Tori Kelly / Unbreakable Smile / Unbreakable Smile / 2015 / Capitol
Demi Lovato / Kingdom Come / Confident / 2015 / Hollywood Records
Lana Del Rey / Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood / Honeymoon / 2015 / Polydor Ltd.
Underhill Rose / My Friend / The Great Tomorrow / 2015 / Underhill Rose
Tret Fure / Rembrandt Afternoons / Rembrandt Afternoons / 2015 / Tomboy Girl Records
Tia McGraff / The Fire / Crazy Beautiful / 2015 / Bandana
Stone Cupid / Girl in the Sky / The Cardinal / 2015 / Stone Cupid
Sofia Talvik / Jasmine, Rose & Sage / Big Sky Country / 2015 / Makaki
Sleater-Kinney / Hey Darling / No Cities To Love / 2015 / Sub Pop
Shawn Colvin / Baker Street / Uncovered / 2015 / Fantasy/Concord
Shannon and The Clams / Corvette / Gone by the Dawn / 2015 / Hardly Art
Sally Fingerett / Chocolate / The Mental Yentl / 2015 / Green Fingers Music & Press
Lori Lieberman / Ready for the Storm / Ready for the Storm / 2015 / Drive On Records
Lizz Wright / Blessed the Brave / Freedom & Surrender / 2015 / Concord Records
Kristen Lems / No Turning Back / You, Me and All of the Above / 2015 / Carolsdatter
Kristina Stykos / Me, Myself and Moi / Horse Thief / 2015 / Thunder Ridge Records
Katie Dahl / Tapestry / Ordinary Band / 2015 / Waterbug
Jewel / The Shape of You / Picking Up the Pieces / 2015 / Sugar Hill
Indigo Girls / Happiness in the Sorrow Key / One Lost Day / 2015 / Vanguard
Grace Potter / Look What We’ve Become / Midnight / 2015 / Hollywood Records
Carly Simon / Legend in Your Own Time / Songs from the Trees: A Musical Memoir Collection / 2015 / Rhino/Elektra/Warner
Buffy Sainte-Marie / Sing Our Own Song / Power in the Blood / 2015 / Gypsy Boy Music