Billboard #1 Hits: #257: ” You’ve Got A Friend”- James Taylor – July 31, 1971. #1 for 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: “You’ve Got A Friend”- James Taylor
  • Record Company- Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Pop
  • Written by Carole King
  • Time: 4:29
  • B-side:”You Can Close Your Eyes”
  • Album-Mud Slide Slim And The Blue Horizon
  • Grade: B
  • Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100. #4 in UK Singles Chart.

July 1971 was a big month for Carole King- “It’s Too Late” was #1 for 5 weeks, then two weeks after it ended its run at the top- a song she had written that was on her #1 album Tapestry- “You’ve Got A Friend” hit #1 as a cover by James Taylor. Taylor had a big hit a year earlier with “Fire And Rain” #3- and “You’ve Got A Friend” would be the only #1 hit he would have in his career. Taylor would win a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and King would win one for Song Of The Year.

The song wrote itself. It was written by something outside myself, through me.” According to Taylor, King told him that the song was a response to a line in Taylor’s earlier song “Fire and Rain” that “I’ve seen lonely times when I could not find a friend.”

13 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #257: ” YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND”- JAMES TAYLOR -JULY 31,1971

  1. While I also prefer King’s version, I dig Taylor’s cover as well, both in terms of the guitar work and his warm voice. As such, in my completely unbiased opinion, I’d give Carole an A+ and James an A- πŸ™‚

  2. I like this one better than Taylor’s other work – it has an epic cinematic quality to it, thanks to the backing vocals coming in during the second chorus, that his other songs don’t usually have. I give it an A.

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