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Number 86

Carly Simon - You're So Vain (Elektra K12077 - 1972)

The first time I heard Carly Simon's You're So Vain was no doubt on Radio One in 1972, yet my abiding memory of the song was listening to it on repeat on the Silver Link jukebox on Bradford Row in Doncaster every Friday night throughout 1973. There was something about the song that found favour with everyone around that time, inviting suggestions of whom the song was about. Simon herself revealed Warren Beatty as the most likely candidate, although rumour has it that it may also have been about Mick Jagger, in part confused by the fact that Jagger sang on the legendary chorus. Produced by Richard Perry and taken from the best selling album NO SECRETS, the iconic guitar solo was played by Jimmy Ryan, who claims it was recorded in one take although Perry disputes this. The equally iconic bass part was played by Klaus Voorman, which was sampled for Janet Jackson's Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You)