Sunday, February 10, 2019

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2017Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2013Janis Ian wins the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for her autobiography Society's Child, beating out Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama, Rachel Maddow and Ellen DeGeneres. Ian quips: "I keep thinking there's got to be a punchline here: an ex-president, the First Lady and three lesbians walk into a bar..."
2008Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around... Comes Around" wins the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. He also takes Best Dance Recording for "LoveStoned/I Think She Knows."
2008Amy Winehouse is the big winner at the Grammy Awards, taking five trophies, including Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year (both for "Rehab").
2008Famous spaghetti western composer Ennio Morricone and Bruce Springsteenwin the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental. Springsteen covered Morricone's classic "Once Upon a Time in the West."
2008Ne-Yo's sophomore album, Because Of You, wins the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album. It's the singer-songwriter's first Grammy win.
2008Daft Punk make their first televised live appearance at the 50th Grammy Awards, joining Kanye West in a performance of "Stronger" at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
2006James "Jay Dilla" Yancey dies of a heart attack at age 32, just three days after the release of his final album, Donuts.
2004Eminem is among the guests heard on the second season premiere episode of Comedy Central's Crank Yankers. The rapper gives voice to "Bobby's Brother" opposite comedian Jim Florentine's "Bobby" in a prank phone call to a restaurant.
1993Michael Jackson appears on Oprah's prime time special, where he talks about having a skin condition called Vitiligo, and claims he's had just 2 plastic surgery operations.
1990Paula Abdul's "Opposites Attract," a duet with MC Skat Cat (Minnesota DJ Derrick "Delite" Stevens), goes to #1 in America, where it stays for three weeks.
1979Dire Straits release "Sultans Of Swing."
1979Rod Stewart's "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy," a disco diversion for the British superstar, hits #1 in the US.
1979Rod Stewart's album Blondes Have More Fun hits #1.
1978Van Halen release their self-titled debut album.
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Carole King Releases Tapestry

Carole King releases her seminal album Tapestry.

The album cover features the barefoot, 29-year-old singer sitting on a window sill in the living room of her Laurel Canyon home while her cat, Telemachus, peers into the camera. King holds a needlepoint tapestry she's recently finished, which gave her the idea for the title track and inspired the album's concept.

Before the release of Tapestry, most were unfamiliar with Carole King, at least by name, but they certainly knew her work. During the previous decade, King and her then-husband Gerry Goffin were Brill Building scribes (via Aldon Music) who churned out enduring hits like "The Loco-Motion," "One Fine Day," "I'm Into Something Good" and the Aretha Franklin anthem "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman." King identified as a songwriter and only performed as a means to share her songs – plus she had stage fright. After her close friend James Taylor encouraged her to pursue a singing career, she recorded her debut album, Writer. But it's Tapestry that brings her, and the singer-songwriter genre, to the heights of fame. 

With producer Lou Adler at the helm, Tapestrydips into the Goffin-King oeuvre with King's intimate renderings of her hits for other artists, including the Shirelles' 1960 chart-topper "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and Franklin's "Natural Woman." Her mature and sensitive examinations of troubled relationships in the lead single "It's Too Late" and its follow up "So Far Away," along with the uninhibited sexiness of "So Far Away" ring true with listeners and the sentimentality of "You've Got a Friend," which James Taylor turns into a #1 hit, pulls all the right heart strings. 

Seth Swirsky, a Chappell Music staff songwriter-turned-solo artist, spoke to Songfacts about Tapestry's significance: "It turned out to be an album that hit everybody, what they were thinking and feeling, right at that moment. America in the '60s, everybody was moving away to San Francisco, and flowers in their hair, and it was tumultuous. But here it was a Tapestry of home again."

Adler keeps the production simple to focus on King's raw vocals and emotional lyrics and brings lots of talent on for support, including Taylor (acoustic guitar, backing vocals), Joni Mitchell(backing vocals), Danny Kortchmar (guitars, congas), Charles Larkey (bass), Curtis Amy (sax, flute), and prolific session drummer Russ Kunkel, among others.

By June, Tapestry hits #1 on the albums chart, where it stays at the top for 15 consecutive weeks and on the tally for six years. King also becomes the first woman to take home the top Grammy prizes for Album of the Year, Record of the Year ("It's Too Late"), Song of the Year (for Taylor's version of "You've Got A Friend") and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

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