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Carole King

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: On Grammy Night I'll Be Sending Dave Bassett "Ex's & Oh's"

Shelly Peiken | Posted 02.08.2016 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

"Algorithms can't make us feel," writes Kristi York Wooten in her recent piece about why we're all still watching that video of Aretha Franklin sin...

Why We're Still Watching That Video of Aretha Franklin at the Kennedy Center

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 01.04.2016 | Entertainment
Kristi York Wooten

When she dropped her fur coat to the floor to free her arms and belt the ending of the song, we reveled in her divadom. Yet, we were actually also cheering the triumph of music.

Songwriting Superstar Cynthia Weil Shares Stories Behind 'On Broadway' and Other Hits

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 12.11.2015 | Entertainment
Jeryl Brunner

In the early 1960s, lyricist Cynthia Weil was writing songs with singer/songwriter Teddy Randazzo, when a composer named Barry Mann stopped by to play a song for him. Weil was instantly smitten.

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical at the Oriental Theatre

Robert Bullen | Posted 12.08.2015 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

Jukebox musicals. Such a phrase makes those who love musical theatre shudder with a wave of disgust, as it exemplifies the devolution of the art form....

First Nighter: The Gloria and Emilio Estefan Musical 'On Your Feet!' Rhythm Is Calculated to Get You

David Finkle | Posted 11.05.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Let it immediately be said, audiences will certainly get their money's worth at On Your Feet! if they're enamored of the hot-hot music spread around the globe in tandem by Gloria Estefan and hubby Emilio.

Thoughts on On Your Feet!'s Lead, Blackbird's Tony Chances, Waitress and More

Cara Joy David | Posted 11.04.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

I think we've all gotten too used to actors doing less than eight performances a week. And we're also all too accepting of my least favorite trend -- the whole "s/he'll only do 6 performances a week but we won't tell you which" phenomenon.

'Hey Monkee Man': Micky Dolenz at 54 Below

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.10.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Micky Dolenz sprinkles so many stories through his superb show at 54 Below, you are repeatedly astounded at the decades of history that go with the popular soundtrack of Carole King and Jerry Goffen tunes, as well as mint Monkees, he performs. That is, if you are of a certain age.

Before This World: Chatting With James Taylor, Plus Joan Baez Receives Ambassador of Conscience Award

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.19.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

According to James Taylor: "Music is that spiritual thing -- that's the thing that compels us so much: It's real. And when it connects with you, you don't make a decision about it."

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: On Broadway

Shelly Peiken | Posted 06.01.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

I took my 17-year-old daughter to see Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, over spring break. Before we went to New York, and in anticipation of the show, I'm happy to say she "pre-acclimated" herself with Ms. King's music and all of its non-Auto-Tuned perfect imperfection.

Tom Hanks, David Letterman, Meryl Streep and George Clooney Come Together for SeriousFun at Lincoln Center

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.03.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

"This is the best show in town tonight," exclaimed David Letterman at the SeriousFun gala, the only thing he said that wasn't a joke. Founded by Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, SeriousFun was established to ensure childhood fun at summer camp for children with special needs.

Surprising Song Writers: Famous Artists Who Wrote Songs That Others Turned Into Chart Toppers

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 03.03.2015 | Entertainment
Jeryl Brunner

What do The Shirelles' "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?," The Chiffons' "One Fine Day," Little Eva's "Loco-Motion," The Drifters' "Up on the Roof," a...

Conversations with Peter Asher, Denny Laine, Big Star's Jody Stephens and Red's Michael Barnes, Plus Rachael Sage & Judy Collins and Goodnight, Texas Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.21.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

According to Rachael Sage, "I don't do many cover songs--because I've been writing my own compositions since I was a little kid, it's just not really my thing generally, and I can count the ones I've recorded on less than one hand."

Notes on "Artistry" and Award Shows

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 04.15.2015 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

I love music so much; that I don't see what good comes from choosing one cultural export as the song that defined our year 2014. The investigation of the word "artistry" is the only good thing to emerge from this media blip.

The Soundtrack Of My Life: Chatting with Donny Osmond, Melissa Manchester, Louise Goffin, Meitel and Rumer

Mike Ragogna | Posted 03.31.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Chatting with Donny Osmond, Melissa Manchester, Louise Goffin, Meitel and Rumer.

Broadway Seeks A New Carole King With Open Auditions

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 12.18.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — If you think you can sing "It's Too Late" and "So Far Away" like Carole King, some Broadway producers would like to hear from you. ...

Lights Go on Part XXXVI -- Change

Thomas Bähler | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Thomas Bähler

It isn't always welcome.   Change Sometimes I wish it would skip my house  and put someone else through it's upheaval. But then, I realize that ...

The Who's 10th Anniversary, 40 Years Later

Michael Sigman | Posted 01.12.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

The Who issue wasn't just a turning point for Record World. It was a turning point for me.

Singles Charts and the Battle for Bullets

Michael Sigman | Posted 12.27.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

In the record industry boom of the early 1970s, revenue from album sales was the mother lode. But the most effective way to break a new artist or take an existing act to the next level was the hit single. A single that permeated the nation's airwaves and galvanized the culture was the royal road to the multi-platinum LP.

The End of the '60s? Where Do I Begin...

Michael Sigman | Posted 12.01.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

It was winter, 1971, my last semester as a philosophy major at Bucknell University. Studying Plato, Kant, Sartre and company had been invaluable for its own sake; that it had taught me to think critically and act decisively was a bonus.

Rita Wilson Riffs on Taking Risks at Café Carlyle

Regina Weinreich | Posted 11.27.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Rita Wilson told a funny story about having worked with Bobby Short, resident star singer pianist at this special supper club back in the day. "It was a commercial," she laughed and sang a few notes from the Charlie ad, and we never really met. That was my brush with greatness."

Carole King Campaigns For Natalie Tennant In West Virginia

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics

Award-winning singer Carole King campaigned on Sunday in support of West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant's (D) bid for a U.S. Senate seat,...

First Nighter: 'Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story' Works Piecemeal

David Finkle | Posted 09.20.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Perhaps an argument could be made that the songs are so strong they represent emotions at moments of great joy or stress, delight or disappointment. But it's not a very persuasive argument. The more convincing contention is that Berns was a songwriter who wanted to produce as many commercial songs as he could and knew that powerful love songs were the most obvious way to go.

Louise Goffin Welcomes a Few Village People to Her Magical Music Kingdom

Michael Bialas | Posted 09.14.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

It's not often that a musician serenades an interviewer over the phone, but these were unusual circumstances.

Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, and the Persistence of Experimental Popular Music

David Galenson | Posted 09.08.2014 | Arts
David Galenson

The summer of 1961 was one of my favorites: Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris were hitting home runs, Whitey Ford was winning games, and "Who Put the Bomp" was a big hit on my transistor radio.

How Well Do You Know Carole King's Songs?

Roz Warren | Posted 08.25.2014 | Fifty
Roz Warren

Carole King is a defining voice of our generation. We grew up singing her hits, and her influence endures to this day. Decades after we first heard them, we still remember every word. Don't believe us? Just take this little quiz.