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Single by Carole King
from the album Wrap Around Joy
B-side"You Go Your Way, I'll Go Mine"
ReleasedAugust 22, 1974
StudioA&M (Hollywood)
Songwriter(s)Carole King, David Palmer
Producer(s)Lou Adler

"Jazzman" is a 1974 song performed by Carole King, from her album Wrap Around Joy. King composed the music for the song, while David Palmer (formerly of Steely Dan) wrote the lyrics.

The song is best known for its lengthy saxophone solos, performed by Tom Scott, while King sings an ode to 'the Jazzman' and the effect he has on her. Curtis Amy, saxophonist, composer, and former musical director for the Ray Charles band, was the 'jazz man' of the song.[citation needed]

Shortly after arriving on the Billboard Hot 100, the single rose to the #2 spot for a week in mid-November 1974 (stuck behind "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" by Bachman Turner Overdrive).[1] The song also reached No. 4 in the Billboard easy listening chart.[2] The B-side of the "Jazzman" single was "You Go Your Way, I'll Go Mine".

Billboard described "Jazzman" as one of King's most commercial songs, and praised the saxophone playing and backup vocals.[3] Cash Box said that "the artist's unique vocal is powerfully backed by strong horns and a great pop arrangement."[4]

"Jazzman" was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1975 in the category Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, losing out to Olivia Newton-John's song "I Honestly Love You".[2]

"Jazzman" is also prominently featured in The Simpsons episode "'Round Springfield", sung by Yeardley Smith as Lisa Simpson; it is presented as a duet between Lisa and recurring character Bleeding Gums Murphy, who plays the saxophone.

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  1. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". 1974-11-09. Retrieved 2015-12-05.
  2. ^ a b Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of No. 1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
  3. ^ "Top Single Picks" (PDF). Billboard. August 24, 1974. p. 50. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
  4. ^ "CashBox Record Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. August 24, 1974. p. 18. Retrieved 2021-12-11.
  5. ^ RPM Top Singles 9 November 1974.
  6. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-09.
  7. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  8. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles - Week ending NOVEMBER 9, 1974". Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  9. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-09.
  10. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.

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