Hello Big Man

Hello Big Man is the 11th studio album by American singer-songwriter Carly Simon, released in 1983.

Hello Big Man
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 31, 1983
StudioThe Power Station, (New York City, NY); The Village Recorder and Ocean Way Recording (Los Angeles, CA).
GenreRock, Reggae
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerMike Mainieri
Carly Simon chronology
Hello Big Man
Spoiled Girl

The album was Simon's last 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
Allmusic link
Rolling Stone link

Music videos

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/singer Al Corley,[1] who had also been featured on the cover of Simon's previous album, and with whom she had a brief romance.

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

Track listing

All tracks are written by Carly Simon, except where indicated.

Side one
1."You Know What to Do"Simon, Jacob Brackman, Peter Wood, Mike Mainieri4:16
2."Menemsha"Simon, Wood4:39
3."Damn You Get to Me" 3:16
4."Is This Love?"Bob Marley4:13
5."Orpheus" 3:50
Side two
1."It Happens Everyday" 2:44
2."Such a Good Boy"Simon, Robbie Shakespeare, Mainieri4:01
3."Hello Big Man"Simon, Wood5:29
4."You Don't Feel the Same" 2:43
5."Floundering" 3:46
Total length:38:57



  • Producer – Mike Mainieri
  • Production Coordination – Christine Martin
  • Engineers – Neil Dorfsman and Scott Litt
  • Additional Recording – James Farber, Jeff Hendrickson, Gary Starr and John Wright.
  • Assistant Recording – Moira Marquis, Bill Miranda and John Wright.
  • Technical Support – Bob Schwall
  • Mixed by Frank Filipetti at Right Track Recording (New York, NY).
  • Art Direction and Design – Paula Greif
  • Cover Photography – Lynn Kohlman
  • Inner Sleeve Photography – Peter Simon
  • Management – Arlyne Rothberg


AlbumBillboard (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. "Carly Simon Official Website – Hello Big Man". Archived from the original on February 23, 2014. Retrieved December 21, 2014.