James Taylor And Steven Tyler To Salute Carole King At MusiCares Tribute
Carole King has been announced as the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year. The 24th annual MusiCares gala will be held on January 24th, two days before The 56th Annual Grammy Awards at L.A.'s Staples Center. MusiCares provides essential support for the music community to turn to in times of financial, medical, and personal need. Among the artists and friends paying triubute to King will be James Taylor, Steven Tyler, the Dixie Chicks, Lady Gaga, Bette Midler, Jason Mraz, among others yet to be announced.
Neil Portnow, the President and CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and the Recording Academy, said in a statement, "We are honored to celebrate Carole King as the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year. Her contributions as a songwriter and performer have truly changed the landscape of pop music, and her philanthropy speaks volumes about her generosity and personal passions. We are also grateful to the extraordinary artists who have announced their desire to be a part of what will undoubtedly be a magical and inspiring evening."
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will air on CBS on Sunday, January 26th, 2014 at 8 p.m. live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
In 1971 James Taylor scored his only Number One hit to date with a cover of King's "You've Got A Friend." Taylor explained that he and King almost immediately recognized a kindred spirit in one another: "It turned out we spoke the same language. We sat down and we slipped back into the mother tongue, really. It was great. We played on each other's records; we just had a common mind, y'know?"
In 1997, fellow singer-songwriter Billy Joel covered the Gerry Goffin & Carole King song "Hey Girl" for his album Greatest Hits Volume 3. Joel spoke of his life-long respect for King: "Now, Carole King -- there's got to be some carving of her on Mount Rushmore. I mean, this woman has written so much music in the pantheon of popular music . . . I don't think people know how much this woman did! How she changed the face of popular music. . . The Beatles, I believe, were trying to emulate Goffin and King. I know that Lennon and McCartney wanted to be the next Goffin and King."
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