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Carole King-James Taylor: Live at The Troubadour

Written by witf | Nov 23, 2013 7:44 AM
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It’s been 43 years since they first played together at the Troubadour on Santa Monica Boulevard, but two musical legends — Carole King and James Taylor — share the stage once again at the famed music club in CAROLE KING-JAMES TAYLOR: LIVE AT THE TROUBADOUR, a new special airing on November 30 at 8:30 p.m., December 6 at 8:30 p.m., and December 8 at 12:30 a.m. on witf.

In November 1970, James Taylor and Carole King first performed together at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California. Taylor had just released his debut album for the Beatles’ newly formed Apple Records, and King was finding her way as a first-time solo performer, even though by then she was a famous songwriter with a string of hits for other artists. When they returned to the club for a two-week co-headlining run in 1971, their lives were somewhat different. That summer Taylor’s “Fire and Rain” was topping the charts and King’s landmark Tapestry was on its way to making her a music superstar.

Thirty-six years later, in November 2007, James Taylor, Carole King and members of their renowned original band (featuring guitarist Danny Kortchmar, bassist Leland Sklar and drummer Russell Kunkel) returned to the Troubadour for a three-night, six-show run to celebrate the venue’s 50th anniversary. Those historic and unforgettable shows are documented in LIVE AT THE TROUBADOUR, featuring 12 songs, including stunning performances of the pair’s most beloved hits: Carole King’s “So Far Away,” “It’s Too Late” and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” and James Taylor’s “Carolina in My Mind,” “Sweet Baby James” and “Fire and Rain,” to name just a few.

The return to the intimate Troubadour — the fertile ground that served as the unofficial home to such era-defining musicians as the Eagles, Elton John, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and Joni Mitchell — rekindled King and Taylor’s love for making music together. Variety enthused at the time, “Taylor and King reminded us about the intensity of the song, that the artistically-rich and commercially-viable are not mutually exclusive and how one tiny club continues to be a birthing room for some of this city’s most memorable music.”

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During the show, we'll be offering special Carole King and James Taylor themed thank you gifts for your donation to witf:

  • Carole King and James Taylor Live at the Troubadour 2-CD set for a $75 contribution or become a sustaining donor at $6 a month
  • Carole King and James Taylor Live at the Troubadour 2- CD set and DVD for a $100 contribution or become a sustaining donor at $8 a month
  • Carole King and James Taylor Live at the Troubadour 2- CD set and DVD and Sweet Baby James CD for a $150 contribution or become a sustaining donor at $12 a month

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