Chart Position: 1

  • Written and originally recorded by Carole King
  • Won song of the year Grammy award for Carole King
  • Won best pop performance – male Grammy award
  • This is James Taylor’s only #1 single
  • Backing vocals: Joni Mitchell
  • Produced by Peter Asher
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA
  • Taylor and Mitchell dated in 1971
  • Carole King played keyboards on James Taylor’s 1971 tour; she lent moral support on the tour as he struggled with the effects of drug withdrawal
  • James Taylor plays guitar on King’s original version of this song
  • Also recorded by Jim Nabors (1972), Dusty Springfield (released in 1999), Barbra Streisand (1971), Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway (1972), Johnny Mathis (1971), Anne Murray (1971), Andy Williams (1971), Labelle (1971), Claude Francois (1971), Common Ground, Jim Cole, Phil Upchurch (1972), Michael Jackson (1972), Al Green & Billy Preston (1987), Acker Bilk, McFly (2005), Angela & Veronica, Brand New Heavies (1987), Don Williams (1995), Housemartins (1988), Petula Clark, Jimmy Cliff, Michel Delpech (1979), Aretha Franklin (1995), Me First & Gimee Gimees (1999), Sabien Tiels (1999), Billy Crawford, Xavier Davis, Alex De Grassi, Mantovani, Anita Kerr, David Young (2000), Nu Men 4 Soul (2009), Brand New Heavies, Blind Boys of Alabama, Ella Fitzgerald, Barry Manilow w/Melissa Manchester (2007) and many more

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