Sunday, January 30, 2011

January 30, 2011 - 40 Years Since Carole King's Tapestry

On January 30, 1971 Carole King's album Tapestry was released. This album became and remains the longest charting album by a female solo artists.

It ranked in the US at the number 1 position for 15 weeks, the longest of any female solo artists album.

At the Grammy's the following year the album would go on to win Album of the Year, Carole King would win best female vocalist, record of the year went to her single "It's Too Late", and song of the year went to her track "You've Got a Friend."

King wrote or co-wrote all the songs on the album, but some became famous when other artists sung them, including Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." Carol King's sung songs that would hit number 1 on the charts include "It's Too Late" and "I Feel The Earth Move."

Ideas to Blog
1. If you were alive when this album came out, what do you remember about it? Did this album have any influence on your life?

2. What quality does a female vocalist have that is different from a male vocalist and how does that impact your own personal music interests?

3. "It's Too Late" was covered and made popular by James Taylor the same year King's record came out. In 2010, Taylor & King have made a circuit of tours together (The Troubadour Reunion). What relevance do you find in the music of artist like Carole King and James Taylor 40 years after such peaks in their musical career?

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