King wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on the album, several of which had already been hits for other artists such as Aretha Franklin‘s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” (in 1967) and The Shirelles‘ “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (in 1960). Three songs were co-written with King’s ex-husband Gerry Goffin. James Taylor, who encouraged King to sing her own songs, and who also played on Tapestry, would have a #1 hit with “You’ve Got a Friend.” Two songs were co-written with Toni Stern: “It’s Too Late” and “Where You Lead”.
Sales and chart success
Tapestry was number 1 on the Billboard 200 for 15 consecutive weeks, and held the record for most weeks at number 1 by a female solo artist for over 40 years until surpassed by Adele’s 21 in 2012. It still holds the record for most consecutive weeks at number 1 by a female solo artist. The album has been listed on the Billboard 200 for over 300 weeks between 1971 and 2011, the longest by a female solo artist. In terms of time on the charts, it ranks fifth overall, and in terms of length on the charts for solo musical acts it ranks second. It remains the longest charting album by a female solo artist. Of all the albums by female artists to be certified diamond, it was the first released.