Fire and Rain: the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor and the lost story of 1970

From  Ellen Druda
Author:  David Browne
Fire and Rain: the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor and the lost story of 1970
1970 was a pivotal year for me too, so I was really looking forward to enjoying this behind –the-scenes look at some of my favorite musicians from that time.   Browne does a good job of interweaving the groups’ careers and personal lives, how they intersected and splintered, and rose and fell.  Despite my affection for the subject matter and time period, I found the writing a bit dry. Not much fire and rain, but an interesting read if you remember the year.

Live at the Troubadour / Carole King, James Taylor

From Charlene Muhr
Live at the Troubadour / Carole King, James Taylor
In the early seventies, James Taylor and Carole King played a landmark concert at the Troubadour in Los Angeles.  This album reunites the musicians/songwriters in November 2007 for the 50th anniversary of the Troubadour.  Their return to this venue was a sentimental journey in which the artists take turns accompanying each other on their most popular hits. Between songs, King and Taylor reminice about their early careers, their first hit songs, and how they got together.  “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” was King’s first hit which was written with her then husband, Gerry Goffin.  Although King wrote “You’ve Got a Friend”, she loved Taylor’s version and it became his signature song.  We also learned the origin of Taylor’s “Sweet Baby James”, written for his nephew, his namesake, while driving down to North Carolina to meet him.  This cd and dvd is a wonderful collaboration of two artists that is not to be missed.