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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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Love this album
Doris day
We saw the musical 'Beautiful' on Saturday 5/24 and it was amazing, we loved it!
Two phenomenally gifted, and yet humble people...
Chill people stop analyzing enjoy life is short embrace Lv you. All!!
Here it come s yeah
Tapestry is amazing There lives together Hard ! But the joy we carry great music !!!
amyrae1
I love listening to both of them....
Awesome music
so good
IF YOU LIKE CARLY SIMON AND JAMES TAYLOR, READ THE NEW BOOK CALLED MORE ROOM IN A BROKEN HEART. IT'S ABOUT CARLY'S LIKE. IT IS GREAT AND HAS PHOTOS OF HER AND CAT STEVENS, JAMES TAYLOR, ETC. WHAT A LIFE THEY WENT THROUGH TO BECOME FAMOUS.
James Taylor. Tony
Meeting.
They are much more about what they do do than who they are, and that's part of what makes them beautiful. It's been said about James Taylor, that he can get down from an ampitheatre stage and just walk through the crowd..... they don't take themselves too seriously.
scst_ina
Together or seperatly they are very best of the best
I love all his songs have a lot of meaning
yes tapestry album one best of all time , and she still look hot
Good Night
This was one of my favorite when I was young and hearing it again now brings me back to so many good memories.
mcmahonmel
Great music, stay the course......
c.renn
yes! LOve, love, love
nesa.clark91
Hearing these two together again makes me feel thirty pounds lighter, and my hair a foot longer. This was the music that was popular when my husband and I married. The Army afforded us a honeymoon in Okinawa. The people there couldn't get enough of these artists.
I love Carol King, I am child of the seventies!!! I played her Tapestry album so much I wore it out!!!! It was the only music I played while cleaning house!!! Love her!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
Three maybe two songs before you shutting us down
just love these two. i remember them growing up and enjoying their music. kinda makes me feel older :-)
The 70's was the greatest music every. It was the best years of my life and I wish I could back and relive the 70's over and over again.
First woman to receive Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from Library of Congress ... her hits over 5 decades of songwriting ... she is queen of king's ... we all LUV U Carole ... ¡ U GO GIRL !
Love it. Do I need say more?
This was one of my favorite when I was young and hearing it again now brings me back to so many good memories. I 'love' this song !
They are both great singers and songwriters
crmack4
I saw them both in Duluth, GA in June 2010. It was a b-day present to myself. I always loved Jame's music. We're from the same state. I didn't realize how much I love Carole's music. I also didn't realize what a fantastic history she has in the music business. To see both of them interact on stage was awesome! There was an energy in that arena that I cannot explain. I asked others and they felt it too. It was one of the best concerts in years. If you both read this, please keep touring together!
this is an amazing piece, that never gets old. timeless for sure
Mr. Taylor thank you for your music. I love it all , you sooth my soul.
dianatalbo
Thought I'd never see either one in concert, but got a chance in Seattle during the Troubadour tour. Felt like time stood still. Love them both and never tire of listening to their beautiful music.
klapdd
My God....I am Sixty now. How wonderful this station is....thank you!!!!!!
jasscurlock
After enjoyinTheri music for years I read her book What a great recap of a wonderful Person. Keep it up Carole.
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elton john
I had the priviledge of watching them perform live in NYC on the Today Show. They are amazing live. Carole King is a true legend in herself
cbettyboop58
Love them, I grew up listening to their music. I have wonderful memories.
James in not just music to the ears, his music is of the heart. vgm
Yeah! Love them all, & always will. T.J.
James's music takes me where life is good again....... .
What I would give for that simple now. How did we get soooooo..... . . .
psawyer04
James Taylor takes me to a place I haven't been for a long time ... wish life was as simple now!
glbutterfly
not that i do not like james taylor just dont see the thought that they think he is similar to sublime ???
hoking1966
Wife and I saw them in Charlotte 2 years ago, phenonmenal show , stage rotated so there were no bad seats. Go on forever James and Carole. We love you.
billkulch
We saw them in Rosemont in the Spring. They were just the greatest!!!!
taylorrleigh 7
Perfect!
Makes the misty memories of yesterday clear as crystal today. The music still sounds great!
t_heath
Two great singers and songwriters. . . . l i s t e n e d to them so much for some 35 to 40 years....suc h great memories
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