Sunday, January 30, 2011

...Tapestry at 40

...definition: "Something felt to resemble a richly and complexly designed cloth: the tapestry of world history."
On this day in 1971,Carole King's "Tapestry" album was released. It would become the longest charting album by a female solo artist and sell 24 million copies worldwide.This album contained the songs "It's Too Late", and Song of the Year "You've Got a Friend". Three songs from the album, "I Feel The Earth Move", "It's Too Late", and "You've Got A Friend", all reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 after Tapestry's release. Altogether, four songs on the album were at one point #1 hits, all of which were written or co-written by King. King wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on the album, several of which had already been hits for other artists such as Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (in 1967) and The Shirelles' "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" (in 1960). Thank you God and Ms. King for your remarkable talents and the willingness to share them with the world. I am not sure that this is fact, but I have heard that Carole King needed some nudging to sing her own songs. It may have been James Taylor, so kudos to him also. That is something that a true friend would do. Check out this version of "You've Got A Friend".
"I didn't want to be an artist." Carole King