Monday, September 15, 2014

Hanging out with Carole King

“On the roof, it's peaceful as can be — and there the world below can't bother me.” — Gerry Goffin, Up on the Roof

SATURDAY Paul and I attended an event at a political friend's house on behalf of Senate candidate Bruce Braley, and guess who was also in attendance — musical legend Carole King. I know, right?! There were only about 40 or 45 people there, so we got to see her up close and personal. Paul got a CD signed, and I had my picture snapped with her. How cool was that. 

After we see an artist in concert, or in this case stand right next to her, we like to dig through on-line biographies to learn more. Hers is too extensive for me to do justice to now, but I want to call attention to a few pinnacles.

Carole had seven US Billboard Top Ten albums as a performer

1971 – Tapestry (No.1)
1971 – Music (No.1)
1972 – Rhymes & Reasons (No.2)
1973 – Fantasy (No.6)
1974 – Wrap Around Joy (No.1)
1976 – Thoroughbred (No.3)
2010 – Live at the Troubadour (with James Taylor) (No.4)

She had five US Billboard Top Ten singles as performer.

1971 – I Feel the Earth Move (No.1)
1971 – It's Too Late (No.1)
1971 – Sweet Seasons (No.9)
1974 – Jazzman (No.2)
1974 – Nightingale (No.9)

She wrote or co-wrote 118 pop hits landed at the time on the Billboard Hot 100.

I'm not going to list them all (I'm sure you're relieved), but I want to highlight a few I liked the most. I would be surprised if there aren't some you didn't know she wrote. 

Will You Love Me Tomorrow (1960) — co-written by Gerry Goffin, made famous by The Shirelles.

Take Good Care of My Baby (1961) — co-written by Gerry Goffin, made famous by Bobby Vee.

Crying in the Rain (1962) — co-written by Howard Greenfield, made famous by the Iowa-born Everly Brothers (As Pam knows, this one can actually make me cry.)

Go Away Little Girl (1962) — co-written by Gerry Goffin, made famous by Steve Lawrence (Back in the day, I thought this was dreamiest song EVER.)

Up on the Roof (1963) — made famous by The Drifters (This is seriously one of my all-time favorites.)

I'm into Something Good (1964) — co-written by Gerry Goffin, made famous by Herman's Hermits.

Oh No Not My Baby (1964) — co-written by Gerry Goffin, made famous by Maxine Brown.

Don't Say Nothing Bad about My Baby (1964) — co-written by Gerry Goffin, made famous by The Cookies.

(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman (1967) — co-written by Gerry Goffin, made famous by Aretha Franklin

You've Got a Friend (1971) — made famous by James Taylor

After Carole and Bruce left, Paul went door-knocking, and with my leg propped up on the couch and an ice pack on my sprained ankle. I made calls to voters.

It's unfortunate that I was having such a bad hair day. (Paul is in the 
background beaming.) I had on blue pants that exactly matched her scarf.

A picture of Arvid Oliver taking a picture of me standing with Bruce Braley.

This picture is hilarious because it was snapped at the EXACT moment that Paul made
a joke that cracked everyone up including Carole who's on the right!

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