Carole King shows her Tapestry at Ruth Eckerd

Brooklyn-bred Carole King started out as a stalwart of the Brill Building hit machine; with partner (and later husband) Gerry Goffin, she cranked out an astonishing string of hits, starting in 1961 with "Take Good Care of My Baby" (Bobby Vee) and "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" (The Shirelles), both which reached No. 1. Other Goffin/King songs include "Up on the Roof," "Pleasant Valley Sunday" and "The Loco-Motion." King has also had her own fruitful recording career, culminating in 1971 with Tapestry, the biggest-selling album of all time up to that point. While King has not been a star in the last couple of decades, she is very much a legend. And Lord knows she has plenty of songs to choose from.

Carole King, 8 p.m. Wed., July 9, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $225, $125, $95, $75. rutheckerdhall.com.

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Eric Snider

Eric Snider is the dean of Bay area music critics. He started in the early 1980s as one of the founding members of Music magazine, a free bi-monthly. He was the pop music critic for the then-St. Petersburg Times from ‘87-’93. Snider was the music critic, arts editor and senior editor of Weekly Planet/Creative...
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