NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, November 21, 2015, 6:13 PM
“Boys in the Trees: A Memoir” by Carly Simon shares intimate details about her relationships with some of Hollywood’s most famous names of the 1970s.
Carly Simon keeps no secrets in her new memoir, “Boys in the Trees,” in which she reveals the carnal pleasures she enjoyed with famous lovers including Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson and Mick Jagger.
“Warren was such a professional, the pressure points he knew about stirred a tremor in me,” she writes. “Warren seemed to have just created a brand-new manual on how to make love.”
Simon’s star was only just rising in the early 1970s when Beatty came onto her at the Troubadour in Los Angeles where she was opening for Cat Stevens.
She knew he was a player. But it wasn’t until he showed up at her New York apartment at midnight and ravished her ’til dawn that she learned the man was in a league of his own.
Carly Simon (l.) and Warren Beatty (r.) allegedly had a wild night together in the early 1970s, but apparently Simon wasn’t the only one to enjoy Beatty’s talents that evening.
The next morning she spilled all the details of her most excellent night to her psychiatrist when he suddenly dropped a bombshell on her.
“Under the circumstances, I can’t withhold this …You are not my first patient of the day who spent the night with Warren Beatty last night,” Simon recalled in the book.
Simon, 70, confirmed that one of the verses in “You’re So Vain” was about Beatty, but won’t say who the other two verses are about.
It was only 11 a.m. and Simon was just his third appointment of the day.
Simon, 70, confirms that the second verse of “You’re So Vain” (“You had me several years ago when I was still quite naïve”) is about Beatty. She refuses to disclose who the first (the Yacht guy) and third (the Lear Jet guy) verses refer to.
The other shocker she drops in the book is that Bianca Jagger called James Taylor the night before his wedding to Simon to tell him that his songstress was having an affair with her husband, Mick.
Fortunately, Taylor couldn’t take in all that Bianca was muttering because of a bad connection and her accent. Still he defended Simon, saying she had told him about it and, “it’s not what you think.”
Simon admits she had spun him only a “version of the truth.”
She and Jagger had a sexually charged earlier meeting at a Hollywood party, but it wasn’t until he dropped into the studio to sing backup on “You’re So Vain,” that the two ignited, she wrote.
By then she was deep into her romance with Taylor but a love affair “seemed to be brewing” with Jagger.
Bianca Jagger (l.) called James Taylor the night beofre he was set to marry Simon, telling him the singer was having an afair with her husband, Mick. Taylor denied Bianca’s accusations.
She writes that she realized it couldn’t happen for them given that Jagger had only just married Bianca, and she was in love with Taylor.
But it didn’t quite end there.
Simon spent evenings in the studio where Jagger was recording and “some other times” in his hotel room.
“I was holding back with Mick – not giving him exactly what he wanted – but I knew it was still more than James would be all right with.”
On the first tour she did with Taylor as his bride, a bouquet of roses would arrive daily to her hotel in Japan. She had to disguise that they were from Jagger.
Simon came of age in the hippie chic, free love era, and she embraced it.
One morning after an evening when she’d met the producer of “Five Easy Pieces,” Bob Rafelson and his wife Toby at a friend’s home, the buzzer to her New York apartment rang.
It was Rafelson, who as soon as she opened the door swept her into arms saying, “I couldn’t help it.”
The two became on-and-off lovers. Rafelson told his wife, and she was completely accepting. That relationship led to encounters with other men, one of whom was Jack Nicholson.
Jack Nicholson is one of a list of Hollywood celebs who Simon talks about sleeping with in her new book.
They had barely been introduced when Nicholson suggested they go to her apartment. Simon says she was a little stoned, a little drunk, and in the mood to go with the flow.
Fortunately, she writes, it was one of those rare nights when she was wearing the perfect underwear.
The next morning while she was curled up next to him in bed, Nicholson made calls to several of his famous friends, addressing all by nicknames. For instance, “Bugs” was Candice Bergen and “Mike the Nick” was Mike Nichols.
Nicholson, who was shooting “Carnal Knowledge” at the time, was back the next night, but confessed he was in love with another woman with children and about to move in with her.
“(After Nicholson), I was gently passed around, as in a fraternity” in a circle of men including Rafelson’s brother Don, producer Pierre Cottrell and Michael Crichton.
She wrote “Anticipation,” waiting for Cat Stevens who was late showing up for dinner at her apartment. The evening ended well, regardless.
“He and I became lovers … it was astral,” she writes.
Simon says she was “gently passed around, as in a fraternity” in a circle of men that included producer Pierre Cottrell and Michael Crichton.
By contrast, the first night James Taylor showed up at her apartment he asked to lie down in her bed. And he meant just that. He fell asleep.
When he awoke, their bodies did a “Bali Ha’I” dance, so things turned out just fine.
As things progressed, one night when she was scheduled to fly to catch the Rolling Stones in concert in San Francisco, Taylor insisted she watch him shoot up. When he finished, he threw the works away, claiming he was done with heroin, according to the book.
Despite having wild stories about bedding other celebs, Simon’s first night with James Taylor was very quiet in comparison, mostly because he fell asleep.
It was only after they married that the real troubles began.
The two were enormous stars early in the 1970s, on the cover of Rolling Stone and any other magazine that could get close. They were the perfect rock star couple for the times.
But her first album, “No Secrets,” went over big. Unfortunately bigger than his release, “One Mad Dog.” The two began to fight. He could be cold and scathing.
Taylor and Simon’s marriage had rough parts, and Taylor became highly unreliable after the birth of their second child, Ben, who was frequently sick.
The idyllic patches kept them going, but she writes that Taylor became highly unreliable after the birth of their second child, Ben. The boy was often sick — he was later diagnosed with a kidney disorder — and required all her attention.
Simon says she was aware that Taylor was probably cheating on the road since he didn’t know any rock ‘n’ roll guys who didn’t. But she found out about a backup singer in 1979 and confronted him.
“This isn’t about you,” he told her flatly.
Simon had her own affair with her sound engineer, she confessed to Taylor. He admitted affairs with several other women, including an Asian dancer living in the apartment on West 70th St. where he rehearsed, according to the book.
Attempting to lure him back, Simon went so far as to follow the prescription of a Spanish witch doctor, smearing her body with oils and unguent.
When Taylor walked into the bedroom where red and black candles were burning, the only thing he was interested in was whether there was anything medicinally interesting in the vapors.
Simon tried many things to save her marriage to Taylor, including working with a witch doctor.
Finally, Simon had a copy of the key made and confronted the other woman, who she calls Evey, in her lair.
Simon got an earful.
Evey told her that James said Simon drove around Hollywood in a big Mercedes trying to be a movie star, but she wasn’t pretty enough. He also said that Simon couldn’t sing and spent all day getting bikini waxes for her rich boyfriends.
Shortly after that Simon had a breakdown onstage in Pittsburgh, Pa. She was emaciated and strung out from the strain of her marriage and caring for her son. Simon checked herself into a hospital for an extended stay.
By the time she was released, Taylor was already involved with Kathryn Walker, the woman who became his second wife.
So ended the legendary phase of Carly Simon’s career.