James Taylor hits number 1 in 1971 with ‘You’ve Got a Friend’

James Taylor

On July 31st, 1971, James Taylor scored a number 1 hit on the U.S. Singles Chart with ‘You’ve Got a Friend.’ The song was written by another famous musician, Carole King. Can you name any other famous James Taylor or Carole King songs?

James Taylor

‘You’ve Got a Friend’ went on to win the 1971 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Male Performance and Song of the Year. James Taylor rose to stardom with his sincere style and his acoustic guitar.

The performance features two guitar players and a piano. The stage is mainly blacked out with a spotlight on the small group of musicians. James has long hair, and he is wearing a gray t-shirt.

James Taylor

He sings the heartfelt lyrics, ‘You just call out my name, and you know wherever I am, I’ll come running, oh, yeah, baby, to see you again. Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you’ve got to do is call, and I’ll be there, yeah, yeah, yeah. You’ve got a friend.’

James is a six-time Grammy Award winner and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, and his breakthrough song in 1970 was ‘Fire and Rain.’

James Taylor

His 1976 ‘Greatest Hits’ album was certified Diamond and sold over 12 million copies. Every album he’s released over the past four decades has sold over a million copies.

‘You’ve Got a Friend’ was recorded initially by Carole King for her album ‘Tapestry.’ Then, the tune appeared on James Taylor’s album titled ‘Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon.’ The two versions were actually recorded simultaneously in 1971 with shared musicians.

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James Taylor hits number 1 in 1971 with ‘You’ve Got a Friend’