A Carole King Tapestry

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main, ZBS Radio Hour

by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 14 June, 2014

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 .

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