Carole King

Carole King is a celebrated singer, songwriter, and pianist whose career spans over six decades. What is truly amazing is that she had so many huge hits that you didn't even know were hers because they were covered by others. When she did launch a solo career she became renowned for her prolific songwriting and iconic album "Tapestry," King’s work has left an indelible mark on the music industry.

Early Career

Born Carol Joan Klein on February 9, 1942, in Manhattan, New York, King's music journey began in the late 1950s at Queens College, where she met Gerry Goffin. Together, they formed one of the most successful songwriting partnerships in history. By the early 1960s, they were staff songwriters at the Brill Building, a hub for music production.

Career Highlights and Discography

1960s King and Goffin wrote numerous hits, including "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" by The Shirelles (1960), "The Loco-Motion" by Little Eva (1962), and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin (1967).

1971 King’s solo career peaked with the release of "Tapestry." The album stayed on the charts for six years, produced hits like "It's Too Late," "I Feel the Earth Move," and "You've Got a Friend," and won four Grammy Awards.

1970s Following "Tapestry," King released successful albums such as "Music" (1971), "Rhymes & Reasons" (1972), and "Wrap Around Joy" (1974), maintaining her status as a leading artist of the era.

1980s and Beyond King continued to release music, including "One to One" (1982) and "City Streets" (1989). Her 2001 album "Love Makes the World" marked a return to her classic sound.

Awards and Honors

King has won four Grammy Awards, all for "Tapestry" in 1972; Album of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Record of the Year (for "It's Too Late"), and Song of the Year (for "You've Got a Friend"). In 1987, she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and in 1990, she and Goffin were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. King also received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2013, the first woman to be so honored.

Top 3 Carole King Songs

  1. "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" (1960): A pioneering song for The Shirelles and the first girl group hit to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
  2. "You've Got a Friend" (1971): Popularized by James Taylor, this song exemplifies King’s profound ability to convey deep friendship and support.
  3. "It's Too Late" (1971): A defining track of the 1970s, capturing the zeitgeist of the era with its blend of pop and introspective lyrics.

Collaborations and Influence

King's collaborations with Gerry Goffin produced countless hits that have been covered by many artists. She also worked with James Taylor, who helped bring "You've Got a Friend" to fame. In addition, King wrote for artists like The Beatles ("Chains") and The Monkees ("Pleasant Valley Sunday").

Cover Versions

King’s songs have been covered by a wide range of artists. Aretha Franklin's powerful rendition of "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" remains iconic. James Taylor’s version of "You've Got a Friend" won a Grammy. Other covers include "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" by Carole King herself, re-imagined for "Tapestry."

Legacy

Carole King's influence on music is profound. Her ability to craft songs that resonate with universal emotions has solidified her status as one of the greatest songwriters of all time. "Tapestry" is frequently cited among the greatest albums ever, and her work continues to inspire artists across genres. King's blend of pop, rock, and soul, combined with her poignant lyrics and emotive performances, ensure that her music will remain timeless.

Songs: You've Got a Friend, Tapestry, The Loco-Motion

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