Carole King’s Tapestry is one of pop music’s all-time landmark albums. Soon after it’s 1971 release, it spent 15 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s pop album chart, and then stayed on that chart for six full years. Our three part podcast series goes behind the making of this classic, and how Carole King developed from a songwriter for other artists to one of the premiere singer/songwriters of her time.
In our first episode, Carole King remembers her first musical experiences in high-school as part of the honor-students-on-the-street-corner group “The Cosines.” She also recalls her early days writing songs for other artists at New York’s Brill Building. She and then-husband Gerry Goffin scored their first hit as writers in 1961 when The Shirelles recorded “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow. Journalist David Wild comments on how that song progressed from it’s girl-group era innocence to the more mature, piano/vocal arrangement King recorded for Tapestry a decade later after she divorced Gerry Goffin.
Producer Lou Adler also details how she wrote Aretha Franklin’s hit “Natural Woman,” another song she revised on Tapestry. Singer/songwriter Graham Nash, also discusses the honesty of King’s music, and how her songwriting was influenced by her own personal struggles.
Recommended: Tapestry (Legacy Edition)
Producer: Joyride Media