Since the early 1960’s she has scored 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and her own album Tapestry remains one of the biggest best sellers of all times
The talented singer-songwriter Carole King celebrates 78, listen to seven of her best songs
A Brief Overlook on Carole King’s career
Born in Manhattan, New York on February 9, 1942, Carole King s the most successful female songwriter of the latter half of the 20th century in the US and one of the most successful in the world. As a songwriter King’s major success began in the 1960’s when she and her first husband, Gerry Goffin, wrote more than two dozen chart hits not only in the U.S but all over the world, becoming standards, for numerous artists over the years. Two of her early hits that remain memorable classics from the 1960’s were The Loco-Motion originally interpreted by Little Eva and Crying in the Rain originally interpreted by The Everly Brothers, both in 1962. After a decade filled with smash hits, Carole King released her own debut album “Writer” in 1970 but against all odds, she experienced commercial disappointment with it. The following year though, her second album, “Tapestry” released in 1971, topped the U.S album chart for 15 weeks and remained on the charts for more than six years, helding the record for most weeks at No. 1 by a female artist for more than 20 years. Overall, Carole King wrote or co-wrote 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100, made 25 solo albums, sold more than 75 million copies worldwide, won four Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her songwriting. Listen to seven of her very best songs today that she turns 78.
7 – Crying in the Rain, written by Howard Greenfield and Carole King, originally recorded by The Everly Brothers, 1962
6 – He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss), written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, originally recorded by the Crystals, 1962
5 – It Might as Well Rain Until September, written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, originally recorded by Carole King, 1962
The Loco-Motion, written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, originally recorded by Little Eva, 1962
Will You Love Me Tomorrow, written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, originally recorded by the Shirelles, 1961
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, originally recorded by Aretha Franklin, 1967
You’ve Got a Friend, written by Carole King, originally recorded by Carole King, 1971
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