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James Taylor and Carole King announce US dates

Carole King and James Taylor
The tour will run in the US from May to July

Singer-songwriters James Taylor and Carole King have announced dates for the US leg of their much-anticipated Troubadour Reunion tour.

The dates mark the 40th anniversary of the pair's breakthrough shows at Hollywood's Troubadour club.

The US leg will run from 7 May to 4 July, after stops in Australia, New Zealand and Japan in March and April.

Taylor, 61, and King, 67, have won nine Grammy Awards between them during their recording careers.

"In a sense, we started our solo careers sharing a band, sharing a stage, we did a show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles that really sort of broke both of us out of the box and established our careers," Taylor said in a recent interview.

Tour inspiration

King first found fame as a Tin Pan Alley songwriter, churning out 1960s hits such as Will You Love Me Tomorrow, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and The Loco-Motion.

But it was King's performance with Taylor at the Troubadour that heralded her transition to solo artist.

Her 1971 album Tapestry went on to sell more than 25 million copies worldwide and made King the first woman to win four Grammys in a single year.

Taylor, who was originally signed to the Beatles' Apple label, has sold more than 40 million albums.

Both he and King have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The idea for the tour came after a series of six performances the pair gave at the Troubadour in 2007 to celebrate the venue's 50th anniversary.

Taylor said in a recent interview he hoped to stage the concerts in the round with him and King remaining on the stage together throughout the show.

"I think we'll do two sets, both of us will be on stage the whole time, either singing backup for each or playing behind the other," he said.

"We'll sort of skip back and forth, do a song of hers, a song of mine, but we'll stay on the stage."

The tour will reunite not only Taylor and King, but other members of their original band, including guitarist Danny Kortchmar, drummer Russ Kunkel and bassist Lee Sklar.

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