First Nighter: 'Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story' Works Piecemeal

July 22, 2014 2:59 AM

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Among the ground-shifting 1960s music and music-biz developments was the emergence of the singer-songwriter. One of the related negative ramifications was the movement's eclipsing the songwriter who didn't sing but only wrote.

Would we know much about Carole King (cf. Beautiful at the Stephen Sondheim) if she hadn't evolved from songwriter with then husband Gerry Goffin to Tapestry? Would we know much about Bob Gaudio (cf. Jersey Boys at the August Wilson) if he weren't one of the Four Seasons? Would either King or Gaudio...

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