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Nine Hit Songs You Had No Idea Were Written By Carole King (Suprises me)
BI ^ | 6-29-2014 | Aly Weisman

Posted on 06/29/2014 4:37:52 PM PDT by blam

Aly Weisman
June 26, 2014

The Broadway musical "Beautiful" — the true story of Carole King's remarkable rise from behind-the-scenes songwriter to solo stardom — took home three Tony Awards in June, including Best Actress for Jessie Mueller's portrayal of King. "Tapestry" launched Carole King's solo career in 1971, becoming one of the best-selling albums of all time.

But what many don't realize about King's career is that the musician began songwriting for other artists in the 1960s, over a decade before she became a famous artist in her own right. King and her then husband, Gerry Goffin, wrote more than two dozen hits for top artists of the time, including Aretha Franklin, James Taylor, and the Beatles.

It wasn't until divorce and a cross-country move to Los Angeles that King released her first successful solo album, "Tapestry," which included hit songs like "I Feel the Earth Move," "You've Got A Friend," and "It's Too Late." In 1971, "Tapestry," produced by Lou Adler, hit No. 1 on the charts and won a Grammy in 1972 for Album of the Year.

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TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: caroleking; carolking; hitsongs; jamestaylor; music
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1 posted on 06/29/2014 4:37:53 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Yes, she was very prolific, like Neil Sedaka, David Gates, and Mac Davis.


2 posted on 06/29/2014 4:40:31 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: blam
Tapestry has to be in the Top 10 albums of all time. I would put it in the top 2 or 3 myself. Great music.
3 posted on 06/29/2014 4:42:50 PM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: blam
My favorite Carole King song is Going Wild, which she performed herself.
4 posted on 06/29/2014 4:49:40 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: blam

All politics aside, the fairly recent DVD of James Taylor and Carole King’s concert at the old Troubadour club in L.A. is just terrific.


5 posted on 06/29/2014 4:49:48 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: blam

I knew about “You’ve Got a Friend”, but the others all came as a surprise.


6 posted on 06/29/2014 4:50:15 PM PDT by DemforBush (Whoever double-crosses me and leaves me alive, he understands nothing about Tuco.)
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To: InterceptPoint

Agreed. “Home Again” on that album is a favorite of mine. With so many number ones on that album it doesn’t get the recognition it deserves.


7 posted on 06/29/2014 4:50:30 PM PDT by uptowngirl
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To: blam

Didn’t know about the Motown tunes.


8 posted on 06/29/2014 4:50:41 PM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: blam

She’s incredibly talented.


9 posted on 06/29/2014 4:51:35 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: blam

The first time I heard a Carole king song was by a cover band in Florida at Disney. They did such a great job I just knew I had to hear more by the original artist. Amazing singer/ songwriter.


10 posted on 06/29/2014 4:52:13 PM PDT by verga (Conservative, leaning libertarian)
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To: blam

Lou Adler is the guy who sits next to Jack Nicholson at some Lakers’ game. He directed the music-related movie “Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains” with a young Diane Lane playing a punk rocker.


11 posted on 06/29/2014 4:52:35 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: blam

That was a great album...


12 posted on 06/29/2014 4:55:53 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: blam

Carole was/is great. I think I was most surprised to realize she’d written “Don’t Bring Me Down” by the Animals. It’s just such a unique tune with a killer organ and doesn’t sound like anything else she’s done.


13 posted on 06/29/2014 4:56:01 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Genoa

Which Motown tunes?


14 posted on 06/29/2014 4:57:01 PM PDT by nickcarraway (hich)
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To: blam

I thought everybody knew, “Locomotion,” was by her and Little Eva was her babysitter.


15 posted on 06/29/2014 4:57:46 PM PDT by nickcarraway (hich)
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To: blam

I was surprised by 2.


16 posted on 06/29/2014 4:58:00 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Genoa

If you get a chance watch the documentary about the ‘Funky Bunch’. The Bunch was the heart of the Motown Sound.


17 posted on 06/29/2014 4:59:27 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Fiji Hill
I was never a big fan of hers for some reason. Maybe her voice just didn't sing with my hearing.

Or perhaps the production values and my AM listening habits.

I'll blame Casey Kasem for ruining her for me. I was 12, maybe 13 at the time of "Tapestry".

18 posted on 06/29/2014 4:59:28 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Wow! You know about David Gates?


19 posted on 06/29/2014 4:59:28 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: blam
“Chains” by the Beatles — 1963

The song was originally recorded (but not released) by the Everly Brothers.

Chains was originally a hit for the Cookies, a girl group not to be confused with another group called the Cookies who recorded King of Hearts in 1957.

20 posted on 06/29/2014 4:59:32 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: blam
“Chains” by the Beatles — 1963

The song was originally recorded (but not released) by the Everly Brothers.

Chains was originally a hit for the Cookies, a girl group not to be confused with another group called the Cookies who recorded King of Hearts in 1957.

21 posted on 06/29/2014 4:59:32 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: nickcarraway
Here's the obit of Gerry Goffin, who she wrote a lot of songs with. It's just an incredible musical catalog between the two.
22 posted on 06/29/2014 5:01:43 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: blam
Gerry Goffin had a way of putting words to feelings many had trouble expressing, but could relate to as soon as they heard their songs. RIP.

Here's the happy couple on their wedding day:


23 posted on 06/29/2014 5:01:49 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Fungi

Actually he was from Tulsa. During his creative period he wrote a bazillion songs.


24 posted on 06/29/2014 5:01:51 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: blam
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25 posted on 06/29/2014 5:02:16 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: bigbob
"Carole was/is great. I think I was most surprised to realize she’d written “Don’t Bring Me Down” by the Animals. It’s just such a unique tune with a killer organ and doesn’t sound like anything else she’s done."

The arrangement is up to the band, and they gave it their own stamp. I read somewhere that Cynthia Weil, co-author of The Animals hit "We Gotta Get Out of This Place," was not happy with their rendition of the song, to which Animals' drummer John Steel replied, in effect, "She was muttering and snarling all the way to the bank."
26 posted on 06/29/2014 5:03:20 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Genoa
"Didn’t know about the Motown tunes."

I agree...complete surprise. I remember and liked all those too.

I wouldn't have guessed that the Bee Gees wrote this Kenny Rogers - Dolly pardon hit either

27 posted on 06/29/2014 5:03:31 PM PDT by blam
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

I think you man “The Funk Brothers”.

Search them on Youtube and you’ll find many of their backing tracks without the vocals, so you can really appreciate their talent.

And soon, the documentary on “The Wrecking Crew” will be out, and everyone will know who REALLY played on all those hits by the Beach Boys, Monkees, Sonny and Cher, and many more.

Both groups of studio musicians were incredibly talented and it’s only right that they are finally getting their due.


28 posted on 06/29/2014 5:04:24 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
He is the last remaining member of Bread. He truly was very prolific, writing “Popsicles and Icicles” for the Murmaids, among a host of other songs and he also produced for a number of artists. A Christian and a great guy.
29 posted on 06/29/2014 5:07:21 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: blam
"I agree...complete surprise. I remember and liked all those too."

Shouldn't be surprised: there were a few song-writing tandems - Lieber/Stoller, Goffin/King, Mann/Weil, and a few others - whose footprints were all over the music scene from 1955-1970.
30 posted on 06/29/2014 5:10:31 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: bigbob

The great Hal Blaine, drummer extraordinaire, led the various incarnations of The Wrecking Crew that included Carol Kaye (Bass), Glenn Campbell (Geetar) and other notables. They played the instruments on all the Beach Boy albums from the very first.

Re: the Funk Bros, they were legendary in their own right. A few years ago the surviving members got together and played a concert with guest vocalists including Joan Osbourne’s definitive version of the GREAT song “What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted” - absolutely amazing!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA0GcXV2njY


31 posted on 06/29/2014 5:20:16 PM PDT by newfreep
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To: Steve_Seattle

Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry were one of the most successful Brill Building songwriting-production teams to supply hit compositions to Phil Spector and Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in the early ‘60s:

http://rockhall.com/inductees/greenwich-and-barry/bio/

Sadly we lost Ellie in 2009, Jeff is still active. Together with Phil Spector they pretty much created the “girl group” sound, and they made Neil Diamond a star.


32 posted on 06/29/2014 5:21:10 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

I bet he made a lot of Bread on those songs, too!


33 posted on 06/29/2014 5:21:24 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Fiji Hill

“The Locomotion” was recorded by Little Eva who was Carol’s babysitter.


34 posted on 06/29/2014 5:22:35 PM PDT by newfreep
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To: newfreep

Have you seen the movie that was taken from?
I liked it a lot.


35 posted on 06/29/2014 5:22:36 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: newfreep

well, there’s another 4 minutes well spent — I can’t watch that enough, and Joan Osborne just knocks a great song right out of the park.

Check out Kent Hartmans book ‘The Wrecking Crew’, it’s an excellent read. Now only were they great performers, but each was an ad-hoc arranger and producer as well. The book tells many stories of how some of the most recognizable hooks and riffs were the result of impromptu suggestions from The Wrecking Crew.

When Hal Blaine says “hey, I have an idea....” - you’d better listen!


36 posted on 06/29/2014 5:25:06 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: blam

She had a hit single called “It Might as Well Rain Until September”, Summer of ‘62.


37 posted on 06/29/2014 5:27:01 PM PDT by 230FMJ (...from my cold, dead, fingers.)
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"I thought everybody knew, “Locomotion,” was by her and Little Eva was her babysitter."

Nope...didn't know that.

I did know that Eric Clapton stole George Harrison's wife Pattie Boyd and wrote Layla about her. George wrote Something about Pattie. Eric eventually married Pattie.

Patties sister, Jenny, married Mic Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac but left him when she discovered his affair with Stevie Nicks.

38 posted on 06/29/2014 5:27:22 PM PDT by blam
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To: ConservativeStatement

Lou Adler is married to Daryl Hannah’s sister...if memory serves me correctly.

He also produced The Mamas & The Papas among many others.


39 posted on 06/29/2014 5:28:28 PM PDT by newfreep
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To: 230FMJ

I loved that song! Not nearly enough air time.


40 posted on 06/29/2014 5:34:27 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: bigbob

The girl group sound was great. I fantasized about The Ronettes, as apparently did most of the British musicians of the day.


41 posted on 06/29/2014 5:37:13 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: blam

They even wrote Go Away Little Girl.


42 posted on 06/29/2014 5:37:34 PM PDT by Williams
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To: Alas Babylon!

from all those White Bread songs.


43 posted on 06/29/2014 5:42:43 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: bigbob

Hell yes, my brain is all funked up. Marky Mark? I need a reboot.


44 posted on 06/29/2014 5:43:45 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
If you get a chance watch the documentary about the ‘Funky Bunch’. The Bunch was the heart of the Motown Sound.

I thought the Funky Bunch were with Marky Mark.

45 posted on 06/29/2014 5:47:19 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Funk Brothers Shadow of Motown, I’m funked out


46 posted on 06/29/2014 5:50:15 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: newfreep
"He also produced The Mamas & The Papas among many others."

John Phillips (mama's & Papa's) spent 20 minutes writing the song "If You're Going To San Francisco" (wear flowers in your hair) and gave it to his friend Scott McKenzie...the song sold over seven million records.

The Bee Gees song MASSACHUSETTS was a song about someone who was homesick after having gone to San Franciso during this period.

47 posted on 06/29/2014 5:52:38 PM PDT by blam
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

nah, maybe just a little Uptight tho:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpHpUSk_0B8


48 posted on 06/29/2014 5:55:54 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: 230FMJ; Huskrrrr
She had a hit single called “It Might as Well Rain Until September”, Summer of ‘62.

I once had a dream that the lyrics of "It Might as Well Rain Until September" were actually a code that described an ICBM site hidden in a South El Monte, California neighborhood south of Rush St. that consists mainly of warehouses and light industry.

49 posted on 06/29/2014 6:04:21 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: blam

Chains musically and thematically reminds me of You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me. They both seem to have been written around 1962 so I don’t know which was first or if there was any “borrowing” or it’s just my ahem imagination.


50 posted on 06/29/2014 6:05:31 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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