Carole King

Carole King by Jim McCrary


"'Tapestry' was recorded in A&M's studio. Lou [Adler] had a great concept: he wanted the album to let you hear a great songwriter in an honest way. At that time, a bunch of singer-songwriters were dominating charts – James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, our own Cat Stevens. Those people could write and perform songs on record in a stylish way: laid back and interesting. 'Tapestry' came out of this trend. I remember going to a radio station with the album. The DJ played not one, but three tracks in a row! I saw that and thought, 'This is going to be amazing.' That's how quickly it was accepted."--Herb Alpert

Lou Adler told Joe Smith, "[Carole King] played me some of what ultimately became Tapestry. That was the album that excited me enough to want to go back into the studio. Tapestry maybe cost $15,000, but I doubt it was that much. I remember the first ad, 'Honesty Is Back.' The album stayed at Number 1 for fifteen weeks. The timing was right. Suddenly, the singer-songwriter was in."

Tapestry spent 302 weeks on the Billboard Pop Album Chart--almost six years.

Tapestry produced four #1 Billboard Pop singles.

Recording Industry Association of America began issuing platinum certifications because of the high sales of Carole King's Tapestry album.

In 1971 Carole King was the first woman to receive the top four Grammy Awards for Song of the Year(You've Got a Friend), Record of the Year (It's Too Late), Album of the Year (Tapestry), and Best Pop Vocal Performance Female. She also won a Billboard Trendsetter award "for bringing personal statement songs into a pre-eminent position within the mainstream markets."

Music shipped gold in 1971.

Tapestry was ranked #36 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

In 1972, Ode Visual began developing "The Carole King TV Special." It was to be sold to a network. The project became a motion picture feature now titled 'Carole King: 10 Years of Music" and was bought by Columbia Pictures.

A U.S. tour was planned for 1973. In May she played 13 cities. In June, her Free Concert in Central Park was filmed with the thought of using it as a television special.

Carole King On Ode Records
Thoroughbred New Music On Ode Records

  1. Off the Record: An Oral History of Popular Music. Joe Smith. New York: Warner Books. 1988.
  2. King of the Tube. Record World, August 19, 1972.
  3. Carole King Celebrates With Film, Book. Record World, October 21, 1972.
  4. Carole King Show Filmed. Record World, June 21, 1973.
  5. A&M Records' Greatest Hits. Matt Diehl. Rolling Stone, September 7, 2012.
  6. Official autobiography: A Natural Woman: A Memoir
Recording Years / Label
1970-1976 -  Ode Records
vocals, keyboards, guitar

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