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James Taylor at Carnegie Hall: Gala Set List

James Taylor introduced last evening's gala celebrating 120 years of Carnegie Hall by saying, "Tonight, we celebrate 120 years of Carnegie Hall. When we think of Carnegie Hall, we usually think of classical music. But all kinds of people have performed on this stage. In fact, I performed here 40 years ago this spring. I've brought some of my friends together and we're celebrating non-classical Carnegie Hall. Folk. Jazz. Broadway. Pop. Carnegie has always brought the world of music to this stage. And tonight, that tradition continues."

For those of you that could not attend, this was the running order, including the related Carnegie Hall milestones.

Artist: James Taylor
Song: There's No Business Like Show Business
Music and lyrics: Irving Berlin
Irving Berlin's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1939
Ethel Merman's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1935

Artist: James Taylor
Song: Frozen Man
Music and lyrics: James Taylor
James Taylor's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1971

Artist: Bette Midler
Song: Some of These Days
Music and lyrics: Shelton Brooks
Song: After You've Gone
Music: Turner Layton; Lyrics: Henry Creamer
Song: My Yiddishe Momme
Music: Jack Yellen and Lew Pollack; Lyrics: Jack Yellen
Bette Midler's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1972

Artist: Steve Martin
Song: Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Music: Earl Scruggs
Lester Flatt and Earl Scrugg's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1962
Steve Martin's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1971

Artists: James Taylor; Vince Bruce (Rope)
Song: Western Plains
Music and lyrics: Lead Belly
Lead Belly's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1946

Artists: James Taylor; Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Song: Sweet Baby James
Music and lyrics: James Taylor
Song: My Traveling Star
Music and lyrics: James Taylor
Tanglewood Festival Chorus' Carnegie Hall Hall Debut: 1973

Artist: Dianne Reeves
Song: Don't Explain
Music and lyrics: Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr.
Billie Holiday's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1944
Dianne Reeves' Carnegie Hall Debut: 1989

Artist: Kevin Pollak
Act: Lenny Bruce
Lenny Bruce's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1961 (More info >)
Kevin Pollak's Carnegie Hall Debut: 2011

Artist: Bette Midler
Song: Pirate Jenny
Music: Kurt Weill; Lyrics: Bertolt Brecht
Kurt Weill's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1959
Lotte Lenya's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1959

Artist: Barbara Cook
Song: Nashville Nightingale
Music: George Gershwin; Lyrics: Irving Caesar
George Gershwin's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1925
Song: Here's to Life
Music: Artie Butler; Lyrics: Phyllis Molinary
Barbara Cook's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1975

Artists: Barbara Cook; James Taylor
Song: Not While I'm Around
Music and lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1992

Artist: Bette Midler
Song: Sweet Blindness
Music and lyrics: Laura Nyro
Laura Nyro's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1969

Artist: James Taylor
Song: Carolina in My Mind
Music and lyrics: James Taylor

Artist: Steve Martin
Song: Jubilation Day
Music and lyrics: Steve Martin

Artist: Sting
Song: Penny Lane
Music and lyrics: John Lennon and Paul McCartney
The Beatles' Carnegie Hall Debut: 1964

Artists: James Taylor; Sting; Steve Martin; Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Song: How Sweet it Is (To Be Loved By You)
Music and lyrics: Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, Edward Holland, Jr.
Sting's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1991

President Bill Clinton spoke about the importance of Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute's mission.

Artists: James Taylor; Sting; Steve Martin; Tanglewood Festival Chorus; Young People's Chorus of New York
Song: Shower the People
Music and lyrics: James Taylor

Artists: James Taylor; Caroline Taylor
Song: You Can Close Your Eyes
Music and lyrics: James Taylor

Artist: James Taylor
Song: Over the Rainbow
Music: Harold Arlen; Lyrics: E.Y. Harburg
Judy Garland's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1961 (More info >)