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James Taylor & Carole King


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American popular culture made a turn in 1970. James Taylor’s ‘Sweet Baby James’ and Carole King’s ‘Tapestry’ were signal albums of that moment. Those records summarized the desire to find a peaceful corner in a tumultuous time.

Taylor and King first met - briefly - in the 60s at the Night Owl Café in Greenwich Village. James was a shy teenager. Carole, although only in her mid-twenties, was already a legendary songwriter, but not yet a performer. She began finding her way toward being comfortable as an entertainer as part of James Taylor’s band. Taylor’s version of King’s “You’ve Got a Friend” became a number one hit in the summer of 1971 and won a Grammy. In that same year, King’s album ‘Tapestry’ reached number one and stayed there for a remarkable 15 weeks. It would eventually sell 22 million copies. Despite this success, King carried on touring with Taylor. They played L.A.’s Troubadour in the spring for a two-week co-starring run.’

At Thanksgiving in 2007, James and Carole returned to the Troubadour for a sentimental journey through their old set list, including performances of the pair’s most beloved hits such as “You’ve Got a Friend”, King’s “So Far Away,” “It’s Too Late,” and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?”, as well as Taylor’s “Carolina in My Mind,” “Sweet Baby James,” and “Fire and Rain,” to name just a few.

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