Carole King, along with her song writing partner Gerry Goffin, has penned a seemingly endless string of hits for other artists. She is also a successful singer in her own right and claims a total of four Grammy awards and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
In the 60s, Goffin and King started working for Aldon Music and had their first successful hit with Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? This song would go on to be recorded by Dusty Springfield, Roberta Flack and Bryan Ferry.
Others soon followed with Take Good Care of My Baby, Some Kind of Wonderful, The Locomotion, Go Away Little Girl, One Fine Day, Don’t Bring Me Down and (You Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman just to name a few. The artists that have benefited from this era of King’s prose and song range from household 60s acts like The Monkees, Aretha Franklin and The Drifters to more modern acts like Tom Petty, Billy Joel, Celine Dion, Grand Funk Railroad and Shania Twain.
Throughout this time, King dabbled with her own singing career, lending her vocals and releasing her own material. Chart toppers eluded her until 1971’s iconic album Tapestry topped the US album charts for 15 weeks and remained in the charts for 6 years.
The album featured folky revisions of her earlier hits she had written for others as well as tracks like It’s Too Late and You’ve Got a Friend. Tapestry held the position as top-selling solo album ever until Michael Jackson’s Thriller knocked it off the podium.
The 80s saw King take a back seat to the music industry and her activities were primarily charitable live performances.
King continues to collaborate and more recently touring with James Taylor who had a number 1 hit with King’s You’ve Got a Friend.
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