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Carole King & James Taylor

While the landmark Tapestry album earned her superstar status, singer/songwriter Carole King had already firmly established herself as one of pop music's most gifted and successful composers, with work recorded by everyone from the Beatles to Aretha Franklin. Born Carole Klein on February 9, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York, she began playing piano at the age of four, and formed her first band, the vocal quartet the Co-Sines, while in high school. A devotee of the composing team of Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller (the duo behind numerous hits for Elvis Presley, the Coasters, and Ben E. King), she became a fixture at influential DJ Alan Freed's local rock & roll shows; while attending Queens College, she fell in with budding songwriters Paul Simon and Neil Sedaka as well as Gerry Goffin, with whom she forged a writing partnership.

In 1959, Sedaka scored a hit with "Oh! Carol," written in her honor; King cut an answer record, "Oh! Neil," but it stiffed. She and Goffin, who eventually married, began writing under publishers Don Kirshner and Al Nevins in the famed pop songwriting house the Brill Building, where they worked alongside the likes of Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, and countless others. In 1961, Goffin and King scored their first hit with the Shirelles' chart-topping "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"; their next effort, Bobby Vee's "Take Good Care of My Baby," also hit number one, as did "The Locomotion," recorded by their babysitter, Little Eva. Together, the couple wrote over 100 chart hits in a vast range of styles, including the Chiffons' "One Fine Day," the Monkees' "Pleasant Valley Sunday," the Drifters' "Up on the Roof," the Cookies' "Chains" (later covered by the Beatles), Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman," and the Crystals' controversial "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)."

King also continued her attempts to mount a solo career, but scored only one hit, 1962's "It Might as Well Rain Until September." In the mid-'60s she, Goffin, and columnist Al Aronowitz founded their own short-lived label, Tomorrow Records; Charles Larkey, the bassist for the Tomorrow group the Myddle Class, eventually became King's second husband after her marriage to Goffin dissolved. She and Larkey later moved to the West Coast, where in 1968 they founded the City, a trio rounded out by New York musician Danny Kortchmar. The City recorded one LP, Now That Everything's Been Said, but did not tour due to King's stage fright; as a result, the album was a commercial failure, although it did feature songs later popularized by the Byrds ("Wasn't Born to Follow"), Blood, Sweat & Tears ("Hi-De-Ho"), and James Taylor ("You've Got a Friend").

Taylor and King ultimately became close friends, and he encouraged her to pursue a solo career. Released in 1970, Writer proved a false start, but in 1971 she released Tapestry, which stayed on the charts for over six years and was the best-selling album of the era. A quiet, reflective work that proved seminal in the development of the singer/songwriter genre, Tapestry also scored a pair of hit singles, "So Far Away" and the chart-topping "It's Too Late," whose flip side, "I Feel the Earth Move," garnered major airplay as well. Issued in 1971, Music also hit number one, and generated the hit "Sweet Seasons"; 1972's Rhymes & Reasons reached number two on the charts and 1974's Wrap Around Joy, which featured the hit "Jazzman," hit the number one spot.

In 1975, King and Goffin reunited to write Thoroughbred, which also featured contributions from James Taylor, David Crosby, and Graham Nash. After 1977's Simple Things, she mounted a tour with the backing group Navarro and married her frequent songwriting partner Rick Evers, who died a year later after a heroin overdose. Pearls, a collection of performances of songs written during her partnership with Goffin, was released in 1980 and was her last significant hit, and King soon moved to a tiny mountain village in Idaho, where she became active in the environmental movement. After 1983's Speeding Time, she took a six-year hiatus from recording before releasing City Streets, which featured guest Eric Clapton. In 2001, she returned with Love Makes the World, a self-released disc on her own Rockingale label. Four years passed before her next record, The Living Room Tour, a double-disc set documenting her intimate 2004-2005 tour that found her revisiting songs from throughout her career with only her piano and acoustic guitars as accompaniment.

King joined longtime friend James Taylor for a co-starring show at L.A.'s famed Troubadour venue in 2007, and the pair followed it with several more shows, resulting in the Live at the Troubadour release in 2010. King released her first ever Christmas album, A Holiday Carole, through the Hear Music/Concord Music Group on November 1, 2011. In 2013, King received a remarkable show business accolade -- her life became the basis for a Broadway musical, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which followed her professional and personal life in the '60s and '70s. The show opened on Broadway in January 2014, with a score dominated by King's hit songs, and an original cast album appeared the following May. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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dragonlady60 8 8
I LOVE THIS SONG JT AN CK
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Awesome duo!
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I love these guys
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Two of the greatest songwriters EVER
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Sweet Baby James June 2016 !!!! Can't wait!!!1
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afanale40
Heard JT live at Tanglewood in 2011, Swee g
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I love you Linda!
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We love you two!
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msg20026
The greatest 2 1/2 hours of my life was on May 25, 2010. Saw their show in St. Paul. I still remember going to it on a Tuesday night it was a big night for someone as young as me. They for sure did this one-As a matter a fact it closed the night and then they came back for encores. It was my first time in the venue where I saw them.
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Rogerwgray1 welcome
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jdldfior
One of the best artists
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Jesus'S Tammy why I saying said singularity.
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Love me some James, love this song makes me home sick
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Still love this song!
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THis town...KIhei . . . d o n ' t deserve this mana..suck my prince JOn a** suckas..chok e donkey's thank chevis.
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Love you both Carole King and James Taylor XOXO
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Stop everything when I hear him
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They look so happy together. Carole & James.
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felixjames
Wish I could have been at this concert. Classics. JT rocks!
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A beautiful song but heart wrenching!!! !
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Just lovely!
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Alabaster dude, what a miserable existence you must live within! Have you ever heard the phrase " if you can't say anything nice, don^t say anything at all". If this music is so abhorrent~th e n just don't listen!
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I love this song to my Angel Flo forever and always.
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I love songs that I can sing along to. Which kind of limits me to mostly oldies like sweet baby jane. Taylor Swift is cute but I can't know the words to her songs. Most modern stuff I listen to now is Irish.
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Haha.. this my song.
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I agree with Laura..I was raised with everything from Oldies to the Beatles to punk rock to hard rock....I have a deep appreciation for awsome music. What can you Say about James Taylor? Excellent singer- songwriter. I love the softness in his voice & he has way too many good songs to list....He is an icon..His music is timeless & never gets old...xoxox Play On Sweet Baby James!!!
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������I was raised in all generations of music but my favorite is the late 60 and all the 70 to 79 music 80 to ��������
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So COOL��������
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dragonlady60 8 8
Suite...get a rm.lol
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dragonlady60 8 8
I want to hear more Barbra
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Carole King bridged the gap by putting a rock twist to songs like this. These two remind me of someone who worked with me artistically . It's beautiful when you find the right one
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Love these two!
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gkirchgessne r
Carole King and Karen Carpenter are my two most favorite female singers ever!
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Great song
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dave5962
The CD Live at the Troubador that I bought via PBS came with a DVD called Troubadors: The Rise of the Singer-Songw r i t e r , a wonderful documentary with heavy involvement from Taylor and King about the L.A. Club where Live at the Troubador was recorded and where so many heavy hitters got their start: Kris Kristofferso n , Carole King, Jackson Brown, David Crosby, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Martin (believe it or not, playing the ukulele), and, yes, Elton John.
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dunn.dorothy
Best music ever
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gutom2
show the lyrics
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Can't u just fill the sun
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Carole king and jt the best
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Jt is the best
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Love ALL J.T. !
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Michael sends his love all us roses...nama s t e my love!
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Isn't it so beautiful to listen to.
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jeaninebrown e
Jeanine Browne I LOVE Keith Jarrett, no matter what he plays; the quintessenti a l musician and all his creative as hell improvisatio n s . AMEN!!:)
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Jeanine Brown, In the moment and loving this music!! so magical!!!
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That was supposed to be two thumbs up!
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Troubadour Reunion Tour was ����
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They had fun together
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Two great artists great song
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