Obscure Song Monday – I Feel the Earth Move
This is our new feature called ‘Obscure Song Monday.’ Each week we spotlight a song from the 70’s or 80’s that was a big hit on the charts, but over time, seemed to have been forgotten about. This week's Obscure Song is from Carole King from her 1971 album "Tapestry". The song is "I Feel the Earth Move" and was one half of a double A-sided single. The flip side was "It's Too Late".
Because the song was so upbeat, King's record company - Ode Records released it as the first single from Tapestry. However, as much airplay as the song received, radio stations and their listeners preferred the slower B-side song, "It's Too Late".
According to Songfacts - there was confusion as to which song was #1 because "It's Too Late" received just as much radio airplay - if not more - than "I Feel the Earth Move" did.
Both "I Feel the Earth Move" and "It's Too Late" ended up peaking at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on June 19, 1971 - they remained in that position for 5 weeks.
In the summer of 1989, singer Martika released her version of the Carole King hit record. Although it didn't chart as high as the original version it did manage to reach the top 40, peaking at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October, 1989.
Which version do you prefer?