On Martha’s Vineyard, Carly Simon came around again and quietly wedded another writer named James on December 23, 1987. It took only a dozen minutes for two people who were strangers on a train only last spring to become husband and wife two days before Christmas. The setting was St. Andrew’s Episcopal church in Edgartown, Massachusetts, and the bride was singer Carly Simon, 42, who finally decided that was the way it should be and turned up to trade “I do’s” with writer James Hart, 37.
Carly was introduced to James Hart, a onetime New York insurance executive, in Hudson, New York, by songwriting partner Jacob Brackman just before Simon and Hart boarded a train for Manhattan. They have been staying at her Martha’s Vineyard house since midsummer, and it hardly seemed a coincidence that Simon’s upbeat Coming Around Again was a hit as they decided to wed. The ceremony was strictly low-key—”as far away from a star’s wedding as you can get,” said Carly’s photographer brother, Peter— and none of her former beaux were in attendance. Among the missing: drummer Russ Kunkel, actors Al Corley and Albert Finney and James Taylor, Simon’s ex since 1981. Carly’s two children by Taylor, Sally, 13, and Ben, 10, were there, as were the bride’s mom, Andrea, sister-in-law Ronni and friends. Afterward there was dinner at Carly’s place, then dancing at a local club. Carly and sisters Joanna, 48, and Lucy, 45, serenaded the groom with a “Lord Bless Us” benediction, and later Peter,40, spun records. “The evening,” said the bride, “was enchanted.”