Review: The Philly Pops plays The Carole King Songbook…(huh?!)

WP_20160208_001[1] I know what you’re thinking…you’re wondering what the hell I’m thinking reviewing a show about Carole King in my Beatles blog! If you bare with me for a couple minutes, I’ll get there…and baby, you’ll be amazed!

My husband and I are season ticket holder for The Philly Pops.  So far, we’ve seen their tribute to Frank Sinatra and just last night, their tribute to the music of Carole King.  The conductor made it a point to mention, that Carole King was responsible for more than just the songs on her solo albums.  She played a huge part in the British Invasion.

Believe it or not, the hit single “I’m into Something Good” was originally composed by  Carole King and her then husband Gerry Goffin.  The song was first recorded by Earl-Jean of the The Cookies in 1964, but later that year, Herman’s Hermits recorded the same song as their debut single and it peaked in the U.S. Charts at #13, making their British Invasion story not so British after all!


Chains” was another song composed by husband and wife team of Gerry Goffin and Carole King.  It was originally recorded (but not released) by The Everly Brothers, but in 1962 it was a hit for Little Eva’s backup singers, The Cookies reaching #17 on the U.S. Pop chars and #7 on the R&B charts.  It also
became a very popular song to cover for bands in
Liverpool including The Beatles.  And how could any good Beatle freak not know that the Fab Four recorded their version of Chains for their first album, “Please Please Me“.


So folks, here she is…the little Jewish girl from NYC who is the greatest British Invasion artist of the 1960’s, Carole King performing her song “Chains”!

The show was fantastic as always.  And The Beatles connection made it even better!  And for that reason,

I rate this show 4 out of 4 Beetles!

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2 responses to “Review: The Philly Pops plays The Carole King Songbook…(huh?!)

  1. David Thomas

    Cool story about “I’m into Something Good”. I had that 45 for years, and didn’t realize it was a Goffin/King song! Learn something new every day! 🙂

    • I actually didn’t know about either of those songs being written (or co-written) by Carole King. I was also unaware that she wrote Donny Osmond’s “Go Away Little Girl”, The Monkees’ “Pleasant Valley Sunday”, and Bobby Vee’s “Take Good Care of My Baby”. She’s truly more amazing than I ever thought!

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