Clay Aiken -You’ve Got a Friend

Carole King is a composer-performer who wrote numerous hit songs for other performers before achieving fame on her own with the album “Tapestry” in 1971.  She wrote many of her early hits by collaborating with her first husband, Gerry Goffin. Bobby Vee, Steve Lawrence, Donny Osmond, and The Monkees sang her early hit songs.  She, herself, had a top-20 hit during this period, as well, 1961’s “It Might As Well Rain Until September”.

The following are a few facts about Carole King.

  • Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990
  • Ranked #10 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
  • 2001: Co-wrote two songs, “Let You Go” and “One More Time”, with pop group Hanson. Neither of the songs has ever been released by King or Hanson.
  • She is an ex-girlfriend of Neil Sedaka.  He wrote his first hit, “Oh Carole”, for her.
  • One of music’s great songwriters, her 1971 album “Tapestry” spent more than 300 weeks on the US charts.
  • Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1997.
  • Grammy Awards for album of the year, for Tapestry, record of the year, for “It’s Too Late,” song of the year, for “- ,” and for best pop female vocalist, all 1971.
  • She is the recipient of the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the first woman to be so honored.
  • In 2015, King was a Kennedy Center Honoree.
  • “Beautiful”, the musical about Carole King, opened on Broadway on January 12, 2014.

On July 8th, 2004, Clay Aiken started his Solo Tour.  It was lovingly called the “Not A Tour” because Clay said he wasn’t really going out on the road yet.

However, after 50 performances at state fairs, arenas, and casinos, Clay’s Solo Tour was, indeed, a full summer of fun. Fans recognized many of the staff from the Independent Tour, including the back-up singers, band members and even Sarge, the bus driver.

One of the highlights of this tour was the James Taylor Medley.  Angela, Jacob and Quiana joined Clay in singing five hits from Taylor.  Carole King wrote the last song in the medley.  With You’ve Got A Friend, the four singers all took a turn as the lead.  A bit of competition usually ended the song as the four musicians all tried to be the person who could hold the last note the longest.  It was great music and lots of fun.

Did any of you attend the Summer of 2004 tour?   

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5 thoughts on “Clay Aiken -You’ve Got a Friend

  1. Clay performed at our State Fair and there wasn't an empty seat in the venue. I was so excited to see Clay so close up and with the back up singers from the Independent Tour. Fun to watch the video and remember those days.

  2. I missed out on Clay’s tour, but thanks to YouTube and CANN, I have the opportunity to watch Clay”s performances repeatedly!

  3. Me too. I missed out on this tour but I got to relive it by clack. Thank goodness for those clack goddesses!!!

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