Carole King & James Taylor: Live at the Troubadour

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 9:00pm

Pictured: James Taylor and Carole King

Credit: Kevin Estrada

Stunning performances of the pair’s most beloved hits.

It’s been 40 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, airing on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV. 

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.

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These were the parents I needed and wanted in my teen years. They taught me about life and love; and friendship, laughter and song. They brought me true love deep down inside of me. When they sing they wash away all the bad in the world.