Thursday, February 28, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Carole King
Album:A Natural Woman:The Ode Collection (1968-1976)
Carole King was already a successful songwriter when she became one of the best selling recording artists in the early 70s. Her repeated attempts finally paid off. She was born Carole Klein Feb. 9, 1942 in Brooklyn, NY. She played piano as a child and formed the vocal group The Co-Sines while in high school. She was a classmate of Neil Sedaka at Queens College and his hit Oh Carol was about her. She also met Paul Simon & Gerry Goffin. She started writing songs with Goffin and they were married and had two daughters. Of course they worked in the legendary Brill Building in New York churning out plenty of hit songs. Their first big hit was Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow by The Shirelles. Carole attempted to record but didn't catch on. She divorced Goffin, married Charles Larkey and moved to Los Angeles to form The City with Larkey & Danny Kortchmar. That was unsuccessful but then she signed with Lou Adler's Ode Records. Her main problem was stage fright but her friend James Taylor convinced that she needed to tour to be successful. Her 1970 album Writer didn't sell but the follow up Tapestry became the biggest selling album ever and remained on the charts for six years. It launched the adult oriented singer songwriter movement. Sweet Seasons was on her 1971 follow up album Music and continued Carole's success. Meanwhile she continued to write hit songs for others. She continued to record in the 70s and into the 80s but took a hiatus in 1983. This 2CD comp has all her 70s hits. She records occasionally and her most recent release is the 2005 2CD live set The Living Room Tour on Hear Music. Carole King is a legend of popular music as a writer & performer. I couldn't find a video of Sweet Seasons so here's Carole King performing It's Too Late.