March 15, 1972

On this day in 1972, Carole King received the Best Album of the Year award for Tapestry at the annual Grammy Awards.

Produced by Lou Adler and released on February 10, 1971, it is one of the best-selling albums of all time. Certified Diamond in America by the RIAA, Tapestry would sit at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for 15 consecutive weeks, only to be surpassed 40 years later by Adele’s 21 in 2012.

King’s popular single ‘It’s Too Late’ was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks. King wrote and co-wrote all the songs on the album, several of which had been huge hits for other artists such as The Shirelles’ version of ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ and Aretha Franklin’s version of ‘(You Make Me Feel) A Natural Woman’.

James Taylor played acoustic guitar on the record, which also featured Joni Mitchell on back-up vocals. It was James Taylor who encouraged King to start singing her own songs, which, in the end, gave us the wonderful record Tapestry.

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