So, you’re going with Carole King, eh? Wonder what Marc’s going with on the men’s side over at Sorryless?
I dunno for him (not true, I do) and yes. I think she definitely deserves a spot.
I don’t really know her, to tell the truth.
No? You sure about that?
Yeah, pretty sure.
I know you like old ’60’s tunes such as: Don’t Bring Me Down, Take Good Care Of My Baby, The Loco-Motion, Up On The Roof, One Fine Day, to name but a few?
Yes, I do! But she didn’t sing them!
No, but she and her then husband, Gerry Goffin, wrote them. And I am sure you know You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman.
Yes, they wrote it for her. And boy did she make it her own (though Carole’s version is lovely). When I hear that song, I can’t help but think of the Murphy Brown episode where Murphy gives birth and looks in awe at her new baby boy and sings that song. I’ve got tears in my eyes just thinking about it.
Ya big suck (wipes away tear).
(Clears throat). K, moving on… How about You’ve Got a Friend? You must know that one!
James Taylor! Ooh, I love him… Wait. Not his either? Man…
Not his but he loved it so much, he recorded it and brought it all the way to number one. Would you believe that, so far, she has had 100 hit singles from her more than 400 songs recorded by more than 1,000 artists?
That is nuts. But what about songs she’s written for her own self?
You HAVE to know the album Tapestry. Quite a few hits on it and it’s won a ridiculous amount of awards, included being inducted in the Hall of Fame. It’s Too Late, So Far Away and Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, to name the ones that I particularly love. Come to think of it, she didn’t record that many albums. But what an impact she made on the music industry.
You know? You’re right. I DO know Carole King after all! Have you been to see the musical of her life called Beautiful: The Carole King Musical? I’m starting to regret that I didn’t when I had the chance, foolishly thinking I didn’t know any of her songs.
No, I missed it too and am still kicking myself. Maybe I’ll have to make a trip to New York, with hopes it’ll still be playing on Broadway! Carole King has received so many accolades, I could bore you with them, but won’t except to tell you that I discovered that if you played all the songs she wrote and were recorded, by herself and others, you would have a continuous five-hours of music. How crazy is that? I will however, leave you with this fantabulous link to Aretha’s performance when Carole received the Kennedy Center Honors 2015. Carole’s reaction is priceless and President Obama’s tears were heartfelt.
I’ll leave you with my favourite song.