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James Taylor “You’ve Got a Friend” hits #1 (1971)

James Taylor “You’ve Got a Friend” hits #1 (1971)

“You’ve Got a Friend” is a 1971 song written and recorded by Carole King. James Taylor’s version is from his album Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon. His version was released as a single in 1971, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 4 on the UK Singles Chart. “You’ve Got a Friend” won Grammy Awards both for Taylor (Best Male Pop Vocal Performance) and King (Song of the Year). Dozens of other artists have recorded the song over the years, including Dusty Springfield, Michael Jackson, Anne Murray and Donny Hathaway.

Activity Ideas:

  • Listen to James Taylor’s version of the classic song – here
  • And have a listen to Carole King’s version and decide which one you prefer – here
  • Would this song go on a personalised playlist? Find out with our activity – here
  • Encourage friendships in your setting with a new Music Lovers club