Hello Big Man

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Hello Big Man
Hello Big Man.jpg
Studio album by Carly Simon
Released August 31, 1983
Recorded 1983 at Power Station Studios, New York City
Genre Rock
Length 38:57
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Mike Mainieri
Carly Simon chronology
Hello Big Man
Spoiled Girl

Hello Big Man is singer-songwriter Carly Simon's eleventh studio album (twelfth overall), released in 1983. It is also her last album for Warner Bros. Records (and for what became the Warner Music Group, having also spent time with Elektra Records), as it was a commercial disappointment upon release, despite a positive reception from critics. The album featured Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare on a number of tracks, including one Bob Marley cover.

The title of the album is an allusion to the reply that Simon's mother, Andrea Simon, gave to her father, Richard Simon, when they first met. He said "hello little woman", and she replied "hello big man".[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars link

Music videos[edit]

The music video for the lead single "You Know What to Do" was directed by Dominic Orlando, from a concept by Simon. It was filmed on location in Martha's Vineyard, at her home and in the surrounding woods.[1] The video received moderate airplay on MTV in the autumn of 1983.

Simon also filmed a music video for the title track, "Hello Big Man", which features photos and film footage of her parents. Simon's mother appears at the end of the video. The video also includes the American actor Al Corley.[1]

The music video for the song "It Happens Everyday" was played in movie theaters during "coming attractions".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Carly Simon, except where indicated.

Side one

  1. "You Know What to Do" (Simon, Jacob Brackman, Peter Wood, Mike Mainieri) - 4:16
  2. "Menemsha" (Simon, Wood) - 4:39
  3. "Damn You Get to Me" - 3:16
  4. "Is This Love?" (Bob Marley) - 4:13
  5. "Orpheus" - 3:50

Side two

  1. "It Happens Everyday" - 2:44
  2. "Such a Good Boy" (Simon, Robbie Shakespeare, Mainieri) - 4:01
  3. "Hello Big Man" (Simon, Wood) - 5:29
  4. "You Don't Feel the Same" - 2:43
  5. "Floundering" - 3:46



Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1983 Pop Albums 69
1983 The Billboard 200 140

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1983 "You Know What to Do" Adult Contemporary 36
1983 "You Know What to Do" Pop Singles 83


  1. ^ a b c d "Carly Simon Official Website - Hello Big Man". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on February 23, 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-21. 

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