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James Taylor, Carole King Perform ‘Sweet Baby James,’ ‘You’ve Got a Friend’ in Preview of New Documentary

by Maggie Schneider
(Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for GAACP)

The two songwriting legends perform their hits in the new trailer for CNN’s “Carole King & James Taylor: Just Call Out My Name.”

James Taylor and Carole King are two of the most important songwriters of our time. The music stars are now starring in a documentary and concert film about their lives and musical relationship. “Carole King and James Taylor: Just Call Out My Name” premieres on January 2 on CNN.

Fans are excited to see a sneak preview of what the documentary has to offer in its newest trailer. Calling them friends, collaborators, and legends in the first three seconds of the clip, the trailer highlights the tour James and King went on together. Fans see footage of the pair performing their songs together live at The Troubadour in West Hollywood. They also see old photographs of the artists and exclusive interview clips. It looks like they will be sharing the story of how their bond came to be.

“I love every experience we have had together,” King says in the trailer.

There are some special guest appearances. King and Taylor’s close friends like Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, and Pete Asher in the film. These are just some of the people that know Taylor and King’s dynamic best.

The trailer ends with Carole King and James Taylor singing their classic hit, “You’ve Got a Friend.” Released in 1971 and written by King, the track appears on both artists’ albums. Their strong friendship is showcased through this sweet song. It gets fans excited to learn more about the pair’s history.

You can watch the documentary on-demand January 3-9 via CNN and CNNgo. It will also be available to stream via HBO Max.

Carole King: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Singer/songwriter Carole King is now the third artist to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Alongside Stevie Nicks and Tina Turner, her second induction is due to her impactful career in music. In her speech at the Class of 2021 ceremony, King thanks the songwriters who are “carrying the torch.”

“I want to thank Taylor [Swift] — thank you for that awesome performance. And also, thank you for carrying the torch forward. I want to thank all of tonight’s inductees for carrying the torch, from rhythm & blues to rock & roll, to the music that inspires us today.”

Carole King also thanks Lou Adler for giving her the confidence to open for James Taylor at The Troubadour in 1971.

“I was James’ piano player on a college tour when he said, ‘I want to turn the stage over to Carole King.’ And as you saw in the film, I’m thinking, ‘Please, don’t do this.’ But then he listed the songs that Gerry and I had written and said the fateful words: ‘Here’s Carole to perform ‘Up on the Roof.’”