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TV Flashback: Carole King Live At Central Park Featured On Geraldo's 'Good Night America'

25 May, 2021

In 1973, there was no bigger singer-songwriter than Carole King. Her 1971 Tapestry album had spent 15 weeks at #1 and eventually sold 14 million copies. Two singles from the album - "I Feel The Earth Move" and " It's Too Late" - went to #1 on the Billboard Top 40 singles chart. James Taylor released a cover of the album's track "You've Got A Friend," which also went to #1.  She released three more albums in the ensuing two years and while none of them were as successful as Tapestry, she was a massive star in 1973.

So when she decided to give a free concert in New York City's Central Park on May 25th of that year, it was a big media event. Stars such as Joni Mitchell and Faye Dunaway showed up and so did Geraldo Rivera, who at the point was doing a proto talk show called Good Night America, which aired regularly in primetime on ABC. The show was a bit of a brand extension of the network's long-running morning show Good Morning America, albeit with a "hipper" feel.

On July 1st, a nearly nine-minute segment on the concert aired on Good Night America, featuring a surprisingly sedate Rivera providing a behind-the-scenes look at the concert. It's a fascinating look at Carole King in her prime, as well as a Geraldo was still more newsman & feature reporter than reality TV provocateur.

It's also worth noting that while Geraldo frequently mentions that camera crews were on site to record the concert, it has never been released on either audio or video.