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I just spoke to Carly Simon, who’s back on Martha’a Vineyard after her triumphant appearance with Taylor Swift the other night at Foxboro Stadium. I asked Carly how it all came about. She said, “Taylor’s manager called and asked if I’d come up there. I said yes right away. I didn’t even think about it. Taylor’s parents told me later that the music she listened to the most when she was just starting out was mine. I was thrilled.”

The pair performed “You’re So Vain” in front of 55,000 people– despite Simon’s notorious stage fright. But she says “I loved doing it. I could do it every night. I loved not being the focus of the attention.” And clearly, the appearance caused a sensation.

Simon, by the way, say she’s very sorry she wasn’t included in the recent Boston Strong concert for the bombing survivors. “I would have done it and wanted to,” she said. “Steven Tyler called me later and asked me why I wasn’t there. He realized it had been an oversight.”

Simon lives on Martha’s Vineyard but commutes to Boston and New York. She is keen on doing charity shows when they’re appropriate. Meantime she’s writing her book, a memoir that should come out in 2014. And a music project is cooking that I will tell you about shortly.

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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