CAROLE KING. One of the most well known composers of the 60s. Her and her husband wrote numerous Billboard hits, making the Hot 100 list and also made top charts in the UK, making her one of the most well- known female song writers in the later 60s and 70s. It wasn’t until the 70s that King decided to perform her own music, accompanied by a piano, in a series of concerts and albums.
She had written songs, sung by some of your favorite artists, that you probably wouldn’t have guessed. For instance, the classic “The Loco-Motion” sung by Little Eva, or Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, and even famous Beatles have even sung one of King’s pieces, “Chains”. The list goes on and on.
One of my personal favorites written by King, but known better by James Taylor, is “You’ve Got A Friend”. Surprisingly a lot of people think this is a James Taylor’s original, but King wrote it in the early 70s when she was embarking on her solo career. She let James record this song on multiple albums the same year she recorded it for her own Tapestry album.
This weeks #ThrowbackThursday jam is inspired by all the beautiful people I have surrounded myself with in the last twenty odd years. This song reminds me that I have friend to lend a helping hand, no matter the distance, season, or occasion. My favorite verse of the song,
“Ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend
When people can be so cold
They’ll hurt you, and desert you
And take your soul if you let them, oh yeah, don’t you let ’em now”.
This 1970s classic is one you should hold on to because, “winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you’ve got to do is call, and ill be there”…
Below is a duet version of “You’ve Got A Friend” by both Carole King and James Taylor.