Carole King: Natural Woman

The Making of the Album Tapestry

Tapestry (1971) is Carole King’s multiple Grammy Award-winning solo album — the first to propel King into the public eye, though for a decade she had made a career writing hit music for other major music acts.  Backing vocals for Tapestry were provided by recording artists James Taylor (who had released Sweet Baby James in 1970) and Joni Mitchell (who won her first Grammy for Clouds in 1969).

The making of Tapestry is described by King, Taylor, record producer Lou Adler, musician Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar, and others involved with the recording sessions.

Below are the songs that make up Tapestry.

Side 1

“I Feel the Earth Move”
“So Far Away”
“It’s Too Late” (lyrics by Toni Stern)
“Home Again”
“Beautiful”
“Way Over Yonder”

Side 2

“You’ve Got a Friend”
“Where You Lead” (lyrics by Toni Stern)
“Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” (Gerry Goffin, King)
“Smackwater Jack” (Goffin, King)
“Tapestry”
“(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” (Goffin, King, Jerry Wexler)