Category: tapestry

Carole King at her Laurel Canyon home, January 27,1971, for the cover of Tapestry, by Jim McCrary

Carole King at

8857 Wonderland Ave, Laurel Canyon, January 1971 for the cover of Tapestry, by Jim McCrary, via findery

Carole King at

8857 Wonderland Ave, Laurel Canyon, January 1971 for the cover of Tapestry, by Jim McCrary, via findery

Carole King and her cat Telemachus, photographed by Jim McCrary for her album Tapestry, released February 17, 1971.

Carole King at her Laurel Canyon home, January 27,1971, for the cover of Tapestry, by Jim McCrary

Carole King, James Taylor, and Jo Mama, 1971 (Charles Larkey, CK, JT, Lee Sklar, Abigale Haness, Ralph Schuckett, Danny Kortchmar, Joel O’Brien).

When I saw this pic on Carole’s Twitter (gently edited by me before posting here), I was reminded of Carole’s fantastic BBC concert from 1971 that I’ve posted quite a few clips from (here’s one) – well, here’s one more, a bonus track recorded that night, but not included in the broadcast! 

The track is “Way Over Yonder”, which closes out Side 1 of Tapestry. In introducing it, Carole mentions that her band that evening was Jo Mama, and that she’s here joined by Jo Mama’s Abigail Haness. The two of them, alone save Carole’s piano, soar together through this blues-y, gospel-y gem of a ballad. 

Many thanks to YouTuber ckovertime for rescuing this nearly-lost 1971 delight!

Carole King at her Laurel Canyon home, January 27,1971, for the cover of Tapestry, by Jim McCrary

Carole King, 1972, by Jim McCrary.

Carole won four Grammys for her 1971 work that year, including Album of the Year for Tapestry, which was the 2nd best-selling album of the year for both 1971 (behind Jesus Christ Superstar) and 1972 (behind Neil Young’s Harvest), eventually on the chart for over 300 consecutive weeks. She also became the first woman to win Song of the Year for “You’ve Got a Friend.” via Billboard

Carole King, “I Feel The Earth Move” (1971). The opening track of her album Tapestry, it was also the front of the double-A side single with “It’s Too Late” released in April of 1971. 

One of the most powerful back-to-back singles ever released, it helped kick off a run of 302 consecutive weeks for Tapestry on the Billboard Top 200 (from April 10,1971 to January 15, 1977). It was the first album ever certified Diamond (10 million US sales); the only album by a solo artist to sell more is Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

This solo performance was recorded at the BBC on April 27, 1971, and is better than Diamond. It’s dynamite.

Carole King at her Laurel Canyon home, January 27,1971, for the cover of Tapestry, by Jim McCrary