Written by Carole King
Date 1971
Source Tapestry (album)
You've Got a Friend

You've Got a Friend

"You've Got a Friend" was recorded on two albums in 1971, first by singer-songwriter Carole King on her Tapestry album, and again by James Taylor on Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon. Both performers won Grammy Awards for the song, King for Song of the Year, and Taylor for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male.

In Bert's bio in the Sesame Street season 40 press kit, he lists the song as one of his favorites.

The Muppet Show

Vincent Price and a number of ghouls and ghosties perform "You've Got a Friend" as the closing number on episode 119 of The Muppet Show. The Muppets in the chorus include Uncle Deadly, Snake Frackle, Blue Frackle, Green Frackle, Droop, Miss Kitty, Scoff, the green Scoff-like Frackle, Purple Heap, Green Heap, Flower-Eating Monster, two Ghosts, and a purple dragon-like creature.

The sketch was released on the Playhouse Video compilation Gonzo Presents Muppet Weird Stuff. Although it was included with the whole episode on the Best of the Muppet Show Volume 5, it was cut on the home video releases Monster Laughs with Vincent Price and The Muppet Show: Season One.

America's Got Talent


Kermit the Frog sang a duet of the song with Terry Fator (ventriloquist/impressionist/singer) in the 2007 season finale of America's Got Talent. They were joined by a chorus of Muppet chickens towards the end of the number.

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