A Carole King Tapestry

Today on Radio Riel’s Main Stream, we cel­e­brate the work of the great Amer­i­can singer/songwriter Car­ole King, along­side a selec­tion of folk music of North Amer­i­ca from the 19th Cen­tu­ry to the 21st.

Says Wikipedia, “Car­ole King’s career began in the 1960s when King, along with her then hus­band Ger­ry Gof­fin, wrote more than two dozen chart hits for numer­ous artists, many of which have become stan­dards, and she has con­tin­ued writ­ing for oth­er artists since then. King’s suc­cess as a per­former in her own right did not come until the 1970s, when she sang her own songs, accom­pa­ny­ing her­self on the piano, in a series of albums and con­certs. King scored her break­through with [her sec­ond album], Tapes­try, which topped the U.S. album chart for 15 weeks in 1971 and remained on the charts for more than six years.” Tapes­try remains the best-sell­ing ‘Amer­i­can Folk’ album in Amazon’s list­ings and has sold over 14 mil­lion copies.

King has won four Gram­my Awards and was induct­ed into the Song­writ­ers Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her song­writ­ing. She is the recip­i­ent of the 2013 Library of Con­gress Gersh­win Prize for Pop­u­lar Song, the first woman to be so hon­oured.”

tumblr_mxg1irZRo91qb3s9go1_1280Today’s pro­gramme fea­tures the orig­i­nal Tapes­try album, plus songs from the album per­formed as a trib­ute by oth­er artists. In addi­tion, you’ll hear a selec­tion of hits that she wrote or co-wrote for oth­er artists (there are appar­ent­ly 118 of them, though we didn’t quite man­age to find them all).

Aside from that, we’ll be cov­er­ing both tra­di­tion­al and mod­ern folk artists from the Unit­ed States and Cana­da, includ­ing both mod­ern and peri­od record­ings.

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Then tune in at 11am or 7pm Pacif­ic time to enjoy the lat­est install­ments in our con­tin­u­ing clas­sic award-win­ning radio seri­als, Jack Flan­ders in Dreams of Rio and Ruby 3 — The Invis­i­ble World.

The pic­ture above by Michael Bork­son shows Car­ole King dur­ing an inter­view at the JFK Pres­i­den­tial Library, Boston, Mass., April 12, 2012. King was inter­viewed by cor­re­spon­dent Mike Bar­ni­cle about her new­ly-launched book “A Nat­ur­al Woman”. (CC-BY)


Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. If you are in the Unit­ed States or Cana­da, please click here to launch the Stream Licens­ing play­er. To lis­ten from out­side North Amer­i­ca, click here to start your play­er .

This pro­gramme is also avail­able in enhanced-qual­i­ty AAC. Tune in here:  http://minor.slserver.com:9012/live 

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