Sneakeater Posted August 1, 2011 Share Posted August 1, 2011 The Girl Group festival put on by Ponderosa Stomp at Lincoln Center last Saturday was supposed to operate as a tribute to the great Ellie Greenwich. But what it actually served to reveal is that Carole King was the supreme American pop songwriter of the second half of the Twentieth Century. (Disclosure: I bailed in favor of a chamber music concert before the last segment of the show, the explicit Ellie Greenwich tribute.) The first segment of the show was a Revue, in which various girl-group singers performed two or three of their hits. Almost every one of the songs was catchy, tuneful, and full of good spirit. But simply as compositions, the songs composed by Carole King towered over the rest, in a really noticeable way. Solidly crafted compositions with distinctive melodies that don't go exactly where you expect them to, but resolve satisfyingly: she's got all that in spades. So now we know that King was the George Gershwin of the second half of the Twentieth Century. It's too bad none of her lyricists were in the same universe as Ira Gershwin -- that's why her songs might not last as long -- but still, it's nice to know. It's a real trick to be vastly famous and yet still highly underrated. Carole King has pulled it off. Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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