Carole King – So Far Away / Smackwater Jack (1971, Terre Haute Pressing,  Vinyl) - Discogs

Billboard Top 40 Hits 1971: #168: ‘So Far Away’- Carole King. August 28, 1971.

  • Single: ‘So Far Away’- Carole King
  • Record Company-Ode
  • Genre: Pop
  • Written by Carole King
  • Time: 3:55
  • B-side: ‘Smackwater Jack’
  • Album-Tapestry
  • Grade: A+
  • Peaked at #14 10 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

The follow up to Carole King’s #1 hit ‘It’s Too Late’- from the landmark singer-songwriter album-Tapestry. Looking back at it 50 years later it is hard to believe only two singles were released from that album- when nearly every song on it sounds like a hit single. James Taylor plays acoustic guitar on this song.

5 responses to “BILLBOARD TOP 40 HITS 1971: #168: ‘SO FAR AWAY’- CAROLE KING

  1. like you say, it’s remarkable only 2 singles dropped from ‘Tapestry’ since so many got (deserved) radio play. That album alone, for its quality and importance – first one by a female singer/songwriter to sell millions – should have been enough to get her in Rock & roll Hall of Fame, without even adding in the dozens of hit songs she and Goffin wrote. Glad they corrected that oversight at last.

  2. In 1971 everyone had this record and it could be heard coming from neighborhood open windows and car cassette tapes day and night. It was truly a universally-loved album that marked an era.

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