“Tapestry,” which featured at least six of the most recognizable songs in American popular culture —”I Feel the Earth Move,” “So Far Away,” “It’s Too Late,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” — is the subject of the above clip, from director George Scott’s “Carole King: Natural Woman,” which debuts as part of the “American Masters” series February 19.
The singer-songwriter, 74 this month, appears in archival footage performing “I Feel the Earth Move” in her inimitable voice, and in old photos with pals Taylor and Mitchell, but the most remarkable details come from producer Lou Adler: “Tapestry” came together in three weeks, for an inconceivable $22,000. This may explain why the album is so timeless. With little inclination to dress it up the songs in latest fads, they became the template for all manner of interpretations. Hell, Aretha Franklin’s reprise of “Natural Woman” at last year’s Kennedy Center Honors went viral (video below). I”m no music critic, but if you don’t love “Tapestry,” you don’t love life.
The documentary traces King’s life from her Brooklyn childhood through the peak of her fame in the 1970s, featuring rare and unseen performances, home movies, and an exclusive interview with the artist herself. Timed to the 45th anniversary of “Tapestry,” “Carole King: Natural Woman” airs on PBS Friday, February 19 at 9 p.m.