Troubadour Reunion: Carole King and James Taylor | Dirty Laundry
The dozens of chart hits Goffin & King wrote during this period have become part While she was recording Tapestry, James Taylor recorded King's “You've Got. For his birthday he was given tickets to see Carole King and James Taylor's Carole's written songs, and Taylor too has a huge body of work. He's covered some of King's songs over the years, and they did duets on those, JT said they've never had a love affair, that their relationship is that of old and. James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, ) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than .. Titled Sweet Baby James, and featuring the participation of Carole King, the.
Career ups and downs[ edit ] Taylor spent most of enjoying his new life as a married man and did not return to the recording studio until Januarywhen sessions for his fifth album began.
The album was a critical and commercial disaster and was his first album to miss the Top 5 since his contract with Warner. It received poor reviews and sold onlycopies in the United States. The title track failed to appear on the Top On the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, the track also reached the top, and the follow-up single, the feelgood "Mexico" also reached the Top 5 of that list.
A well-received album, Gorilla showcased Taylor's electric, lighter side that was evident on Walking Man. However, it was arguably a more consistent and fresher-sounding Taylor, with classics such as "Mexico", "Wandering" and "Angry Blues". It also featured a song about his daughter Sally, "Sarah Maria".
Gorilla was followed in by In the PocketTaylor's last studio album to be released under Warner Bros. The album found him with many colleagues and friends, including Art GarfunkelDavid CrosbyBonnie Raitt and Stevie Wonder who co-wrote a song with Taylor and contributed a harmonica solo.
A melodic album, it was highlighted with the single " Shower the People ", an enduring classic that hit 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart and almost hit the Top 20 of the Pop Charts.
However, the album was not well received, reaching 16 and being criticized, particularly by Rolling Stone. Still, In The Pocket went on to be certified gold. With the close of Taylor's contract with Warner, in November, the label released Greatest Hitsthe album that comprised most of his best work between and With time, it became his best-selling album ever. Between March and April, he quickly recorded his first album for the label.
Peter Herbst of Rolling Stone was particularly favorable to the album, of which he wrote in its August 11, issue, "JT is the least stiff and by far the most various album Taylor has done.
That's not meant to criticize Taylor's earlier efforts. But it's nice to hear him sounding so healthy. The song also topped the Canadian charts.
The success of the album propelled the release of two further singles; the up-tempo pop " Your Smiling Face ," an enduring live favorite, reached the American Top 20; however, " Honey Don't Leave L. After briefly working on Broadwayhe took a one-year break, reappearing in the summer ofwith the cover-studded Platinum album titled Flagfeaturing a Top 30 version of Gerry Goffin 's and Carole King's " Up on the Roof.
Taylor also appeared on the No Nukes concert in Madison Square Garden, where he made a memorable live performance of "Mockingbird" with his wife Carly. The concert appeared on both the No Nukes album and film. Taylor told the BBC in And it was surreal to actually have contact with the guy 24 hours before he shot John.
Troubled times and new beginnings[ edit ] At Winterfest, Simon announced her separation from Taylor in September saying, "Our needs are different; it seem[s] impossible to stay together" and their divorce finalized in I sort of hit a low spot.
I was asked to go down to Rio de Janeiro to play in this festival down there. We put the band together and went down and it was just an amazing response.
I played topeople. They not only knew my music, they knew things about it and were interested in aspects of it that to that point had only interested me. To have that kind of validation right about then was really what I needed.
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It helped get me back on track. In the late s, he began touring regularly, especially on the summer amphitheater circuit. His later concerts feature songs spanning his career and are marked by the musicianship of his band and backup singers.
Comeback[ edit ] Taylor in concert at DeVos Hall, Grand Rapids, Michigan — April After six years since his last studio album, in Taylor released Hourglassan introspective album that gave him the best critical reviews in almost twenty years. The album had much of its focus on Taylor's troubled past and family.
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Flanked by two greatest hit releases, Taylor's Platinum-certified October Road appeared in to a receptive audience.
It featured a number of quiet instrumental accompaniments and passages. Overall, it found Taylor in a more peaceful frame of mind; rather than facing a crisis now, Taylor said in an interview that "I thought I'd passed the midpoint of my life when I was A Christmas Album with distribution through Hallmark Cards. The cover topped the dance charts worldwide and reached No. It was hoped that King would appear in the filming of the video for the song but she declined, citing her heavy tour schedule at that time.
King saw Carey perform her first single " Vision of Love " live and began taking an interest in her and her material.
Troubadour Reunion: Carole King and James Taylor
Carey declined, feeling uneasy about covering a song one of her musical influences had executed so perfectly. Still determined to work with Carey, King flew out to New York City for one day, in hopes of writing and composing a ballad of some sort. Throughout the day, the two songwriters exchanged musical ideas and melodies on the piano until "If It's Over" came into conception.
The song sold worldwide, including one million in France. It went to number 1 in France, 11 in the UK, and 13 in Ireland.
The pair performed a duet on the first VH1 Divas Live benefit concert. She rewrote a few lyrics to fit the mother-daughter story. She often performs this song with her daughter, Louise Goffin.
She rarely performed the song after its original release due to the rise in the Women's Liberation Movement and falling out of favor of the sentiment behind the lyrics. King agreed to revamp the song to be, "something more relevant. The album includes songs she wrote for other artists during the mids and features Celine Dion, Steven TylerBabyface and k. The album sold 44, copies in its first week in the US, landing at 17 on the Billboardher highest-charting album since The album also charted at 51 in Australia.
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It has soldcopies in the United States. Blige and Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas. Japanese record labels Sony and Victor reissued most of King's albums, including the works from the late s previously unavailable on compact disc. The song had previously been recorded by Murray for her album Heart Over Mind. The pair had reunited to mark the club's 50th anniversary two and a half years earlier in with the band they used in They enjoyed it so much that they decided to take the band on the road for The touring band featured players from that original band: Also present was King's son-in-law, Robbie Kondor.
King played piano and Taylor guitar on each other's songs, and they sang together some of the numbers they were both associated with.
It was a major commercial success, with King playing to some of the largest audiences of her career. Total ticket sales exceededand the tour grossed over 59 million dollars, making it one of the most successful tours of the year.
The first disc features many songs Carole King has recorded, mostly her hit singles. The second disc features recordings by other artists of songs that King wrote, most of which made the top 40, and many of which reached No.