Monday 16 December 2019

Music legend

• Recently it was announced that the most successful female songwriter in history is due to receive the world's most prestigious songwriter's prize, the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song for 2013. And no, I'm not talking about the shadow of a once great pop star that Madonna has become.

I'm referring to Carole King ('You've Got a Friend', 'The Loco-motion', 'One Fine Day', 'Will you Still Love Me Tomorrow', 'You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman') who has written over 100 hit singles that have been recorded by many of the greats of modern music.

The Brooklyn songstress is a true great of pop music, concentrating on writing and recording brilliant songs rather than the current self-absorbed divas, who seem more concerned with flashing boobs or bums to promote their (lack of) talent.

Her iconic album, 'Tapestry', was in the US charts for over six years.

With the likes of the Beatles, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye, she has also written songs that have been recorded by among others The Monkees, BB King, Brian Ferry, James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Shania Twain and Slash from Guns 'N' Roses.

She has continued to be relevant, recording and touring with the likes of Celine Dion, k.d. lang, Babyface, Semisonic and the Black Eyed Peas. And if you read her recently released memoir, 'A Natural Woman', you'll find an Irish connection too – she appeared in Peter Sheridan's adaptation of Neil Simon's 'Brighton Beach Memoirs' in the mid-1990s. Some woman for the one woman!

Mark Lawler
Kilmainham, D8

Irish Independent

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