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Jan312011

Carole King's 'Tapestry' Marks 40th Anniversary

Photo Courtesy - Redferns/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If you were old enough to buy music in the '70s, there was one album that was very likely in your record collection: Carole King's Tapestry.  Believe it or not, it's been four decades since that landmark record arrived in stores -- in fact, this past Sunday, Jan. 30, marked the official 40th anniversary of its release.

After its release, Tapestry spent 15 straight weeks at #1 on the Billboard chart, which is still a record for an album by a female artist.  Entirely written or co-written by King, it produced a string of hits, including "It's Too Late," "So Far Away" and "I Feel the Earth Move," and won four Grammys, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year.

Since its release, Tapestry has sold 25 million copies and inspired two tribute albums, one in 1995 and one in 2003.   It's also been added to the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress and was ranked #36 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Tapestry epitomized the "singer-songwriter" genre that swept the charts in the 1970s -- confessional lyrics set to mellow music.  In the new documentary Troubadours, which will air on PBS on March 2, King explains the reason why Tapestry and similar albums, from artists like James Taylor and Jackson Browne, were so popular in post-‘60s America.  "There was just sort of a generational turbulence, cultural turbulence [in the '70s]," she says.  "There was a hunger for intimacy...the personal thing that we did." 

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