One of Carole King’s longtime friends and collaborators is James Taylor. Taylor who is a major star in his own right has often performed with King live on stage. He can also be found helping out on several of King’s recordings.
Today’s song is You’ve Got a Friend. Carole King told Taylor the inspiration for the song was in part derived from the line "...I could not find a friend", in Taylor's song Fire and Rain.
Taylor and King both recorded the song in 1971. Remarkably, they did it in simultaneous recording sessions. With Taylor recording his version for his album Mud Slide Slim and King recording her version for her album Tapestry.
It was one of Taylor’s biggest hits reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
"You've Got a Friend" won Grammy Awards both for Taylor as the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and King as Song of the Year.
Dozens of other artists have recorded the song over the years, including Dusty Springfield, Michael Jackson, Anne Murray and Donny Hathaway.
For today’s post. I was able to find a great YouTube music video of a young James Taylor in 1971 performing You've Got A Friend. Yes, that is Carol King playing piano in the background. Check it out.