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Where Are They Now? – Carole King [VIDEO]

Carole King at piano
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Back in my college days, the album “Tapestry” by Carole King was required listening. She had written so many hits for other artists in the 1960s, and had so many of her own hits in the 70s, so where is she now?

Carole King has had a resurgence in the past few years. Here’s just a bit of what’s she’s been up to, according to caroleking.com:

“King’s late-career whirlwind began in November 2007, when she and longtime friend and sometime musical partner James Taylor returned to the Troubadour—the famed West Hollywood venue that had nurtured them as gifted young artists and soon-to-be critical and commercial sensations—for a three-night, six-show run to celebrate the venue’s 50th anniversary. Those historic performances were documented in the Grammy-nominated, RIAA gold-certified Live at the Troubadour (Hear Music/Concord Music Group), featuring 15 songs and 75 minutes of video and audio, including intimate renditions of the pair’s most beloved hits. The CD+DVD was released in May 2010.

This memorable event was the inspiration for the pair’s 60-concert “Troubadour Reunion” world tour of 2010, which included three sold-out concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and another trio of sellouts at Madison Square Garden.

The Troubadour shows also inspired the Morgan Neville-directed feature-length documentary Troubadours: Carole King / James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter, which made its TV premiere in March 2011 on PBS’ American Masters, shortly after being released on DVD by Hear Music/Concord Music Group. “When we sprang out of the box,” King notes early in the film, “there was just all this generational turbulence, cultural turbulence, and there was a hunger for the intimacy, the personal thing that we did.”

King’s first-ever holiday album, A Holiday Carole, followed in November 2011.

The crowning glory of King’s last half decade was the April 2012 release of her memoir, A Natural Woman—which prompted Vanity Fair to say, “America is having a Carole King moment.”

And there’s even a Broadway musical based on Carole King’s life. According to caroleking.com:

‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” is the proud recipient of two 2014 Tony Awards. Jessie Mueller received the 2014 Tony Award for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical. Brian Ronan received the 2014 Tony Award for Best Sound Design of a Musical.

And sadly,

Gerald “Gerry” Goffin, the legendary lyricist who, with songwriting partner (and first wife) Carole King, was responsible for some of the greatest popular hits of the 20th Century, died at his home of natural causes on June 19, 2014.”

Let’s watch Carole King and James Taylor perform her big hit, “So Far Away” on “Live At The Troubadour”:

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