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The Simon Sisters


On a par with future pop-star LINDA RONSTADT, who spent her formative folk-pop years fronting The STONE PONEYS, Carly Simon did likewise via The SIMON SISTERS (with her sibling Lucy).
Formed 1963 and inspired by the likes of PETER, PAUL AND MARY, JOAN BAEZ and The EVERLY BROTHERS, Carly and older sis Lucy came from an upper-crust New York family; their father was actually was actually the co-founder of publishing company Simon & Schuster. In spring ’64, The SIMON SISTERS had their sole Top 75 chart entry with `Winkin’, Blinkin’ And Nod’, a novelty folk record that highlighted their debut LP, MEET THE SIMON SISTERS (1964) {*5}. Harnessing the traditionally-leaning, clean-cut image, the folk-revival record was a tad too twee for most post-DYLAN acolytes, although it did boast a cover by way of BILLY EDD WHEELER’s `Wind Spiritual’; `Once I Had A Sweetheart’ was later procured by Brit-folk act PENTANGLE.
The girls continued to deliver the odd folk staple (i.e. `Turn, Turn, Turn’, `Motherless Child’ and `If I Had A Ribbon Bow’) by way of follow-up set CUDDLEBUG (1964) {*6}, although the main high spots here were a French reading of DYLAN’s `Blowin’ In The Wind’ and a title track penned by singer-cum-actor Alan Arkin, ex-TARRIERS.
After a time getting domesticated through marriage for Lucy (she had a baby daughter, Julie) and a time spent in France for Carly, the ladies made reconvened for out-of-step third set, …SING THE LOBSTER QUADRILLE AND OTHER SONGS FOR CHILDREN (1969) {*4}. In the early 70s, CARLY SIMON penned `You’re So Vain’ about you-know-who, and the rest is indeed pop history.
© MC Strong 2010/GFD // rev-up MCS Mar2016

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