Carole King

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‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’  was written for the 1949 film ‘Neptune’s Daughter’, starring Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban.  Photograph: Mondadori Portfolio by Getty Images

Although not a Christmas song per se, Baby It’s Cold Outside is an annual festive favourite. The call and response duet details a man trying to convin(...)

John Lewis Christmas ad: Various versions of Elton John playing crisper versions of ‘Your Song’

We have, in these parts, managed to resist the annual hubbub surrounding the John Lewis Christmas advert. Nobody has talked much about the current inc(...)

Carole King on Trump: “I don’t even like using his name.” Photograph: Richard Drew/AP

At her home in rural Idaho, Carole King is having some difficulty saying the president’s name. “Trump,” she manages eventually, her accent still pure (...)

Despite the much-trumpeted news of Elvis Costello’s recent ill health (not a full-scale battle with cancer, but more of an unpleasant encounter), this(...)

Ruth-Anne Cunningham: “What I loved about Amy Winehouse was the vulnerability of her saying, ‘I’m not okay,’ and, ‘My heart is broken right now’

For the guts of 13 years Ruth-Anne Cunningham has worked behind the scenes, writing songs for Niall Horan, Britney Spears and One Direction. Now the D(...)

Beautiful cleverly uses the set up of the hit factory to give us a wider range of songs from the era. Photograph: Johan Persson/

In the Playhouse theatre in Edinburgh, the curtain lifts on the Carole King biographical musical Beautiful. We meet a triumphant King, played by Bront(...)

Moving on is one of Laura Marling’s more intriguing tendencies. So is her work rate – in less than 10 years she has released six studio albums, and th(...)

Leonard Cohen, the influential singer-songwriter, at the Mayflower Hotel by Central Park in New York  2001. Photograph: Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times

President Michael D Higgins was among those to pay tribute to musician Leonard Cohen whose “lasting legacy and his work will continue to inspire curre(...)

Leonard Cohen on stage in Loerrach, Germany. File photograph: Rolf Haid/EPA

Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has died at age 82, a statement on his Facebook page said. “It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet,(...)

What began as a solo project in addition to Jocie Adams’s day-job as a member of Rhode Island folk-rockers The Low Anthem blossomed into her full-tim(...)

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