Friday, September 17, 2010

Carol King: You've Got A Friend

As we wind down this week of Taylor music, James Taylor’s biggest hit record was “You’ve Got A Friend.” Written and recorded by Carol King on her best selling LP from 1971 “Tapestry,” her version is our Friday First selection.

From the album “Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon,” James Taylor’s rendition of the song featuring Carol King on piano was Taylor’s only number one record. Ironically, it was not the first cover recorded of the song. Dusty Springfield recorded the song earlier in the year; however, because of contractual issues with Atlantic Records, the LP was not released until 1999.

“You’ve Got A Friend” was awarded two Grammy awards. The Best Male Pop Vocal Recording was presented to Taylor and Song of the Year went to King.

Tomorrow’s Album Saturday feature will be James Taylor’s first LP on Apple Records and the Spiritual Sunday selection will conclude our look at this musical family with a recording by Livingston Taylor.

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