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"You've Got a Friend"
Single by James Taylor
from the album Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon
B-side "You Can Close Your Eyes"
Released 1971
Format 7" Vinyl
Genre Rock/Pop rock
Length 4:29
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Carole King
Producer Peter Asher

"You've Got a Friend" is a Grammy Award winning song from 1971. The song, written by Carole King, was included in her album Tapestry of 1971, but was made famous by James Taylor's cover version the same year. Taylor's rendition, released as a single from his own 1971 album Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 4 on the UK Singles Chart, and won Grammy Awards both for Taylor (Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male) and King (Song of the Year).

The song was recorded also during 1971 by Dusty Springfield, a recording that predates Taylor's version. It was recorded for her third album for Atlantic Records, but a dispute with the company meant the album was unreleased. The song was left unissued until 1999, when it was issued as a bonus track for the Rhino Records deluxe re-release of Dusty in Memphis.

Another soulful, gospel-tinged live version was recorded by Donny Hathaway on his 1972's Live album and the posthumously released These Songs For You, Live!.


The Brand New Heavies version

"You've Got a Friend"
Single by The Brand New Heavies
from the album Shelter
Released October 6, 1997
Format CD
7 inch vinyl
Recorded 1997
Genre Acid jazzFunk
Label FFRR
London Records
The Brand New Heavies singles chronology
You Are The Universe
You've Got a Friend

The Brand New Heavies with vocals by Siedah Garrett covered the song in 1997. The Carole King-penned song "You've Got a Friend" that was originally made famous by James Taylor. This song did not appear on the US version of the album.

Track listing

UK CD Single BNCDP 10

  1. "You've Got a Friend" (Radio Version) - (3:27)
  2. "You Are the Universe" (Live) - (4:07)
  3. "Midnight at the Oasis" (Live) - (4:43)
  4. "Sometimes" (Live) - (4:18)

UK CD Single 570 013-2

  1. "You've Got a Friend" (Radio Version) - (3:27)
  2. "You've Got a Friend" (Brooklyn Funk R&B Remix) - (4:58)
  3. "You've Got a Friend" (Ballistic Brothers Mix) - (5:00)
  4. "You've Got a Friend" (Brooklyn Funk Club Mix) (Featuring Jemini) - (4:54)
  5. "You've Got a Friend" (Tee's club Mix) - (6:27)
  6. "You've Got a Friend" (Original Mix) - (3:48)

1998 VH1 Divas version

"You've Got a Friend"
Single by Céline Dion, Shania Twain, Gloria Estefan and Carole King
from the album VH1 Divas Live
Released November 9, 1998 (1998-11-09)
Format Promotional recording
Recorded Beacon Theatre, New York City
Genre Pop
Length 5:28
Label Columbia, Epic
Writer(s) Carole King
Céline Dion singles chronology
"Zora sourit"
"You've Got a Friend"
"I'm Your Angel"

"You've Got a Friend" was performed by Céline Dion, Shania Twain, Gloria Estefan and Carole King at the VH1 Divas Live concert on April 14, 1998. The event took place in New York City's Beacon Theatre. The entire concert was released on CD and DVD on October 6, 1998. Mariah Carey and Aretha Franklin also participated with this event.[1]

"You've Got a Friend" was issued as the second radio single to promote VH1 Divas Live, after "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." It peaked at number 74 on the Belgian Flanders Airplay chart.


Formats and track listings

European promotional CD single

  1. "You've Got a Friend" (live) – 5:28


Chart (1998) Peak
Belgian Flanders Airplay Chart[2] 74

Other cover versions

A number of other artists have covered "You've Got a Friend." A partial list includes:


  1. ^ Glatzer, Jenna (2005). Céline Dion: For Keeps. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 0-7407-5559-5.  
  2. ^ Belgian Flanders Airplay Chart
Preceded by
"Indian Reservation" by The Raiders
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single (James Taylor version)
July 31, 1971 (one week)
Succeeded by
"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" by Bee Gees


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