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Carole King

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

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.01.2014 | 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 09.27.2014 | 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.

The Experimental Genius of Gerry Goffin

David Galenson | Posted 08.25.2014 | Arts
David Galenson

I knew who sang the songs, so of course I knew who Bob Dylan was, and the Beatles. But I didn't know writers who didn't sing, so I didn't know who Gerry Goffin and Carole King were.

My Cornell Reunion: Parting the Big Red Seas of Time

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 08.24.2014 | College
Randee Mia Berman

OK, I admit it. I'm a sap for nostalgia. So when my 40th college reunion reminder popped up in the email, I bolted into reverse. Who wouldn't want to "Reflect, Rekindle, Reconnect" -- words the Notable Class Reunion Chairs cooed in their beckoning letters to the alums.

Lyricist Who Penned Dozens Of Top 40 Hits Dies

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 06.20.2014 | Entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) — Gerry Goffin, a prolific and multi-dimensional lyricist who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits a...

Jessie Mueller Wins Tony For Portrayal Of Carole King

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 06.08.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Jessie Mueller has nabbed a beautiful trophy — the best lead actress in a musical Tony Award. The singer and actress won Sunday f...

Steve Tyrell's Nod to "Beautiful" at the Café Carlyle

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.08.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Now in his tenth year performing at the Café Carlyle, Steve Tyrell started his set this week wondering why audiences rarely ask for songs by the song...

Building a Bridge Between Cultures With Carole King

Ahmad El Haggar | Posted 04.21.2014 | College
Ahmad El Haggar

The previous week I was with my family in Cairo, and now here I was performing at a Grammy event in Los Angeles with Carole King -- a music legend.

The Impact Carole King Had On Me

Roz Warren | Posted 04.19.2014 | Fifty
Roz Warren

Carole King and Gerry Goffin, her husband and writing partner, didn't single-handedly compose the sound track to my adolescence, but it's hard to imagine coming-of-age without 'Up On The Roof,' 'Natural Woman,' and 'The Lo-co Motion.'

With a Little Help From an American Horror Storyteller, Mary Fahl Raises Her Voice to a Supernatural Level

Michael Bialas | Posted 04.11.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Mary Fahl didn't need to become a vampire to achieve pop culture immortality. Famed author Anne Rice gave it to the enduring singer-songwriter by sink...

WHY Music: Music With A Heart

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 04.05.2014 | Impact
Frank Fitzpatrick

My hope is that, after the glitter and glamor of Grammy week has faded, the spotlight can continue to shine bright on, and draw the world's attention to music's critical role in these other areas of our lives and society.

Remember When Music Was Pissed! (and Nice?)

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 03.30.2014 | Entertainment
Steve Rosenbaum

The #Waywire editors watched the Grammys. We know that robots now make music that wins awards. We know that Pink has a second career pending with Cir...

Stars Salute Carole King During Tribute

AP | CHRIS TALBOTT | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carole King's gift as a songwriter is all about connection — friends, lovers, strangers experiencing deep emotions not often ex...

10 Reasons to Watch the Grammy Awards on Sunday Night

David Wild | Posted 03.25.2014 | Entertainment
David Wild

7) Recent research proves televisions give off a considerable amount of heat, and for many of you on the East Coast, that will be a good thing because to quote a great song, "Baby, It's Cold Outside."

Stage Door: Beautiful, What's It All About? Bacharach Reimagined

Fern Siegel | Posted 03.18.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The music of the '60s and '70s is having a revival -- on stage. Two legendary composers from the time, Carole King and Burt Bacharach, are getting their theatrical due.

Quick Questions: Beautiful's Anika Larsen is Back on Broadway

Cara Joy David | Posted 03.17.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Larsen is currently playing lyricist Cynthia Weil in Beautiful, which opened this past Sunday. The road here has not been easy. Emergency colon surgery almost forced her to withdraw from the production after just a few days of rehearsal.

Meet The 'Sensational' Star Of The Carole King Musical

Rex Reed | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Rex Reed

Beautiful is the latest in a long string of jukebox musicals devoted to the pop and rock tunes of one person. Unlike the others, this one at least att...

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical: Bright on Broadway

Regina Weinreich | Posted 03.15.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Woody Allen sat aisle right next to his wife Soon Yi opening night of the new musical Beautiful, about fellow Brooklynite Carole King. Well, everybody...

First Nighter: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Is Beautiful Where It Counts

David Finkle | Posted 03.14.2014 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Before we get to what's wrong with Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Stephen Sondheim, let's establish what's so right that it instantly joins the ranks of irresistible jukebox tuners Jersey Boys, Motown The Musical and Mamma Mia.

Beautiful Lives Up to Its Name on Broadway

Danny Groner | Posted 03.14.2014 | New York
Danny Groner

What makes Beautiful, the new Broadway musical covering the rise of Carole King's music career, is all of the little details that come together so bri...