The Mystery Man Behind Carly Simon's "You're So Vain"

By Kellar Ellsworth
Simon set tongues wagging when she first sang "You're So Vain."(Joe Corrigan/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

“You’re So Vain,” by Carly Simon inspired more questions and conspiracy theories than Area 51. The November 1972 hit took more than five weeks to reach Billboard’s number 1 but retained that spot for the opening three weeks of 1973. The vivacious Simon enjoyed the company of a variety of famous men, leading to endless debate over who exactly was “so vain.”

Since 1972 Simon has also offered a number of cagey quotes, which only produce a fresh round of speculation every time she titillates the media. So who’s “You’re So Vain,” how did Simon cajole Mick Jagger into singing on it, and what are ‘coffee clouds’? Read on to find out the answer to those questions and more!

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