For over 40 years, both James Taylor and Carole King have been writing and performing some of the most memorable songs of their generation. Over the years, both have won multiple Grammy Awards, sold tens of millions of albums, and have even earned a rare diamond certification on an album. They first met while working on their individual projects, and throughout their solo careers have constantly collaborated. Now they're teaming up one more time to relive the best moments of the past 40 years.
James Taylor grew up in North Carolina, eventually moving to New York to pursue a career in music. After a failed attempt at a band, he relocated to London, where was signed to the iconic Apple Records of Beatles fame. Working with them, he released his debut album, "James Taylor." He eventually departed the label and moved to Los Angeles, where in 1970 he played a six-night run at The Troubadour in West Hollywood alongside emerging musician Carole King.
King then collaborated on his second album, "Sweet Baby James," which earned both critical and commercial success. It was awarded several Grammys including Album of the Year. His next album continued this trend, and his cover of Carole's song, "You've Got a Friend" became his first #1 hit, and to this day remains one of his most popular songs. In the following years, he continued to produce hit after hit. In 1976, his Greatest Hits album was certified diamond, and 14 of his albums from 1970 to the present have been certified platinum. He has sold over 40 million albums, with at least one #1 album each decade, and he isn't showing any signs of stopping.
Carole King first found success in the early 1960s by writing songs with partner Gerry Goffin. Eventually she decided to pursue a solo career, and in 1971 released her iconic album, "Tapestry." It went to #1 on the charts and stayed there for 15 consecutive weeks. It remained on the charts for six years, selling over 25 million copies worldwide and earning a diamond certification. She remains one of the best-selling female solo artists of all time, and set the record for the longest time for an album by a female to have remained on the charts, and the longest time for an album by a female to have held the #1 position.
Over the following 40 years, she released twenty-five albums and continued to write for some of the best musicians. With four Grammy Awards, she firmly cemented herself in music history. Carole has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and continues to earn recognition for her songs.
In 2007, The Troubadour in West Hollywood marked its 50th anniversary. The venue is highly regarded as the place emerging musicians perform, and has been a cornerstone in the careers of many of the biggest names in Rock and Roll. To celebrate the anniversary, James and Carole relived their 1970 performances in a series of concerts. It was recorded and has been turned into an CD/DVD combo album, "Live at The Troubadour." They enjoyed the experience so much, they embarked on a sold-out multi-city tour. The two made sure to make time to stop by the show to perform for Ellen.