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Carole King's Tapestry...and then some
Enjoy Paul Ingles' great new two-hour
radio documentary about Tapestry, and a
conversation with Paul about Carole King and
the phenomenon triggered by this album. The
two-hour program includes more material
exploring King's remarkable career before
and after Tapestry in addition to the close-up,
annotated listen to the legendary album itself.
Carole King's TAPESTRY...and
Then Some

Married at 17, two babies by the age of 20? You'd think that King's musical career would have
faded into domesticity. But King was always driven to succeed. She and Goffin were soon under
contract to Aldon Records (not in the Brill Building, but close enough), where they competed
with other talented songwriters in adjoining cubicles to create hits. Their breakthrough came
when the Shirelles recorded their song " Will You Love Me Tomorrow? " The single shot to the
top of the charts in 1960 and stayed there. The pair's song " The Loco-Motion " jumpstarted the
career of Little Eva, who was their babysitter (which left the Goffins looking for a new babysitter,
hopefully, as Carole wrote, " one without a good singing voice " ).
From 1959 to 1968 the team of Goffin and King wrote more than two dozen rock 'n roll
hits for other artists, many of which have become standards (see sidebar, " Which Hits Do You
Remember? " ). One of their most exciting moments, described in King's memoir, was when they
were asked to write a song for Aretha Franklin-which they did literally overnight. It was " A
Natural Woman. "
But the strain of marrying and having kids so young, forging demanding careers, and the
decision to leave New York City for the suburbs of West Orange, NJ (the subject of their song
" Pleasant Valley Sunday " ), took their toll. Goffin departed for Los Angeles. King followed with
the children, but the couple divorced in 1968. Goffin's mental health issues and drug use were a
factor.

A new life in L.A.
Carole King's Tapestry at 50:
An Appreciation
TRAILER TO - " Tapestry at 50
- An Appreciation of Carole
King's Masterpiece "
Ingles is a great song champion; his rich,
reverent and beautifully musical radio
documentaries about our heroes - such as
James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and John Prine -
are always beautiful and compelling. Now
comes this tribute to Tapestry.
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In L.A. King found a new song-writing partner,
Toni Stern, and felt empowered once again to
write lyrics on her own. L.A. had its own exciting music scene. The Tapestry photo was taken
in King's small house on Wonderland Avenue
in Laurel Canyon, and she socialized with the
Eagles, Dave Crosby, and Joni Mitchell. She
reconnected with her New York friend James
Taylor, and they performed on each other's
albums, including Tapestry and Sweet Baby
James. In fact, Taylor's version of " You've Got
a Friend " gave him a number one hit the year
that Tapestry came out.
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