May 17, 2013 |
Carole King seems to have fans in high places: The singer-songwriter's life will be staged with an eye toward Broadway, and next week her oeuvre will be honored at the White House. Officials announced Friday that President Obama will host a star-studded show for King, the first woman to receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. King is to receive the award during a concert Wednesday, with performances by Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sande, James Taylor, Trisha Yearwood and King herself.
May 2, 2013 |
"Beautiful: The Carole King Musical," a new stage biography of the American singer-songwriter, will have an out-of-town tryout in San Francisco in September before making its scheduled Broadway debut in spring 2014. The show will open at the SHN Curran Theatre in San Francisco, running from Sept. 24 through Oct. 20. Producers have not announced a theater or dates for next year's planned Broadway engagement. "Beautiful" will cover King's career, including her beginnings in Brooklyn (her real name is Carol Klein)
January 25, 2014 |
Composer or cowriter of melodic skyscrapers including "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "You've Got a Friend," "So Far Away" and dozens more, Carole King was feted on Friday as part of MusiCares' annual gala, which each year during Grammy weekend honors a musician's legacy. Those shining light on King's ubiquitous, beautiful hits were, among others, Alicia Keys, Pink, Lady Gaga, Kacey Musgraves (in duet with R&B singer Miguel), Sara Bareilles, Zac Brown, James Taylor and, in the night's highlight, the singers featured in the documentary "20 Feet from Stardom," who delivered a spectacular rendition of "Way Over Yonder.
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May 6, 2012 |
Photographer Jim McCrary was on the verge of shooting one of his most famous images when he stopped to ask singer Carole King if the cat sleeping across the room could be part of the tableau. He remembered the results of a Kodak survey that found "after children, the most popular thing people photographed was their own cats," he later said. "I saw a cat, and I wanted to get something good. " When King assured him that her pet was docile, he carried the tabby and its pillow to the window ledge and into the frame.
February 4, 2011 |
Watching the warmly nostalgic "Troubadours" is like going to a reunion of old friends. You're so happy to see them again that you are willing to forgive whatever lapses and flaws there are in the experience. The old friends in "Troubadours" are the singer-songwriters who flourished roughly between 1968 and 1975, people like Joni Mitchell, Kris Kristofferson and Bonnie Raitt. It was a time when, says Carole King, "there was a hunger for the intimacy, the personal thing we all did," a moment when, says James Taylor, "the authenticity of telling your own story" mattered a great deal.
May 25, 2008 |
Sisterhood -- in the family and body politic -- can be a beautiful abstraction and a real pain in the neck. It's an evanescent ideal that sometimes takes shape in historic movements. And it's the cosmic force behind Sheila Weller as she tries to link the lives of three very different artists to "the rich composite story of a whole generation of women born middle-class in the early to mid 1940s and coming of age in the middle to late 1960s."
January 28, 2011 |
Ever since the 1970s, well-to-do hippies have flocked to Laurel Canyon, the tree-lined neighborhood perched high in the hills above Los Angeles. Aside from a country store, a cozy restaurant whose name means "peace" in Italian and a mass of post-and-beam houses, there isn't actually much to the area other than the omnipresent sense that something magical once took place there. Forty years ago, Laurel Canyon was home to a collective of artists who wrote some of their most famous music while living there.
June 18, 2013 |
You've seen them but not noticed them. You've heard them but not listened to them. The new documentary "20 Feet From Stardom" shines a spotlight away from center stage over to the world of female backup singers. Directed by Morgan Neville, the film looks most specifically at the lives and careers of six women - Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Táta Vega, Claudia Lennear and Judith Hill - who span generations of music and have worked with a broad spectrum of artists including the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Phil Spector, Stevie Wonder, Sting and Ike and Tina Turner.
January 25, 2014 |
This year's Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time on CBS. Three and a half hours, huh? And a 2½-hour pre-telecast ceremony to boot? Well, the Grammy Awards show is chock-full of star-studded performances. And like every year, the performances are all about the collaborations. LIVE posting on the Grammy red carpet, awards Case in point: French electronica duo Daft Punk, with vocalist Pharrell Williams and guitarist Nile Rodgers, will team up with R&B sensation Stevie Wonder.
March 13, 1986 |
Merry Clayton's spine-chilling vocal on the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" is one of the most famed in '60s rock. But the 1969 classic brings painful memories to Clayton: The physical strain of the intense duet with Mick Jagger resulted in a miscarriage after the session. So audiences' frequent requests for "Gimme Shelter" might sting like salt in an old wound. Clayton, who performs at the Gardenia Room on Friday, says she was buoyed by her religious upbringing in combating the loss.