Carole King's good friend James Taylor played acoustic guitar on five songs from the album, including this one. Taylor recorded his own version of the song on his album Mud Slide Slim And The Blue Horizon
, which he was recording nearby while King was working on Tapestry
; Danny Kortchmar
, who was in King's band The City and was good friends with Taylor, played congas on both versions and added acoustic guitar to Taylor's rendition.Taylor's version
came out as a single in April 1971, and became a huge hit, going all the way to #1 in the US by July and hitting #4 in the UK. When Tapestry
was first released, Taylor was a much bigger star than King, and in the spring of 1971, they toured together with King opening for Taylor.
The song was never a hit for King, since she didn't release it as a single (James Taylor got there first), but her Tapestry
album was a smash, spending 15 weeks at #1 in the US and 302 weeks (that's six years) on the chart, making it the longest-charting album by any female solo artist. The album reached the top spot on June 19, so by the time Taylor's version of her song reached #1, her album had been at the top for six weeks.
Tapestry was not only an amazing seller, but also wildly influential, with generations of singer-songwriters citing it as an influence. What's even more impressive is that the album was made in about two weeks for around $15,000, with producer Lou Adler keeping the production to a minimum to get a clean, warm sound.