People, Jun. 11, 1973

Wet grass and gray skies failed to keep 70,000 of her ecstatic home-town fans from Manhattan's Central Park when the reclusive Queen of Rock gave one of her rare concerts, and a free one at that. Her face scrubbed shiny and her hair short and curly, Carole King, 30, wore blue jeans like most of her audience and sang old favorites from Tapestry, the best-selling LP in rock his tory, as well as her new song Fantasy: "Our reality will be as good as never-never land."

"Publish and be damned!" the Duke of Wellington scrawled...

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