Carole King’s Tapestry on its 50th Anniversary

Tapestry

In 1971, Carole King released her masterpiece, Tapestry. 50 years later, the music feels more brilliant, moving and comforting than ever. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot do a classic album dissection of Tapestry and talk to lyricist Toni Stern, guitarist Danny Kortchmar and drummer Russ Kunkel about their involvement on the legendary record. 

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Carole King’s Tapestry

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Jim and Greg discuss the events that led up to Carole King’s creation of Tapestry, including her personal and professional relationship with Gerry Goffin, success as a songwriter and transition to a performing artist.

Songwriter Toni Stern

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The hosts talk with poet and lyricist Toni Stern, who wrote the lyrics for “It’s Too Late” and part of the words on “ Where You Lead.” They discuss her Tapestry experience and what it’s like to collaborate with Carole King.

Danny Kortchmar & Russ Kunkel

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Jim and Greg chat with guitarist Danny Kortchmar and drummer Russ Kunkel about their contributions to Tapestry, including their playing choices and chemistry with Carole. Later in the segment, Jim and Greg talk about the lasting impact of Tapestry and where they see the album’s influence in music today.

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