Carole King

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Carole King (born February 9, 1942) is a Grammy Award-winning American singer and songwriter.

Her career began in the 1960s when King, along with her then husband Gerry Goffin, wrote more than two dozen chart hits for numerous artists, many of which have become standards, and she has continued writing for other artists since then. King's success as a performer in her own right did not come until the 1970s, when she sang her own songs, accompanying herself on the piano, in a series of albums and concerts. After experiencing commercial disappointment with her debut album Writer, King scored her breakthrough with the album Tapestry which topped the U.S. album chart for 15 weeks in 1971 and remained on the charts for more than six years.

In 2000, Joel Whitburn, a Billboard Magazine pop music researcher, named her the most successful female songwriter of 1955–99 because she wrote or co-wrote 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100.She has written 61 hits on the UK charts. In 2005 music historian Stuart Devoy found her the most successful female songwriter on the UK singles charts 1952–2005.

King has made 25 solo albums, the most successful being Tapestry, which held the record for most weeks at #1 by a female artist for more than 20 years until broken by Whitney Houston (for the soundtrack album The Bodyguard). Her most recent non-compilation album was Live at the Troubadour in 2010, a collaboration with James Taylor that reached number 4 on the charts in its first week and has sold over 600,000 copies.

She has won four Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her songwriting. She is the recipient of the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the first woman to be so honored.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1970 Writer Carole King 3
1971 Tapestry Carole King 4.25 17
1971 Music Carole King 4
1972 Rhymes & Reasons Carole King 4
1973 Fantasy Carole King 3
1974 Wrap Around Joy Carole King 4
1975 Really Rosie Carole King 3
1976 Thoroughbred Carole King 2
1977 Simple Things Carole King 4 3
1978 Welcome Home Carole King 3
1979 Touch the Sky Carole King 1
1980 Pearls: Songs of Goffin and King Carole King 2
1982 One To One Carole King 2
1983 Speeding Time Carole King 2
1989 City Streets Carole King 1
1993 Colour of Your Dreams Carole King 2
1994 Pearls / Time Gone By Carole King 1
2001 Love Makes the World Carole King 1
2006 Up on the Roof Carole King 1
2011 A Holiday Carole Carole King 2
2012 The Legendary Demos Carole King 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1963 The Dimension Dolls Compilation The Cookies, Little Eva & Carole King 3
1987 Her Greatest Hits Compilation Carole King 3
1994 A Natural Woman: The Ode Collection, 1968-1976 Compilation Carole King 5
1994 Time Gone By Compilation Carole King 1
1995 The Right Girl Compilation Carole King 1
1998 Goin' Back Compilation Carole King 1
1999 Her Greatest Hits Compilation Carole King 1
2000 Natural Woman: The Very Best of Carole King Compilation Carole King 3
2000 Carole King Super Hits Compilation Carole King 1
2001 Brill Building Sessions & More Compilation Carole King 1
2002 Jazzman Compilation Carole King 1
2004 The Early Years Compilation Carole King 1
2005 Crying in the Rain Compilation Carole King 2
2008 Original Album Classics Compilation Carole King 1
2010 The Essential Carole King Compilation Carole King 1
Hardrock Cafe Compilation Carole King 1
Sweet Seasons Compilation Carole King 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1994 In Concert Live Carole King 2
1996 The Carnegie Hall Concert: June 18, 1971 Live Carole King 4
2005 The Living Room Tour Live Carole King 1
2010 Live at the Troubadour Live Carole King & James Taylor 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2014 Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Soundtrack Carole King 1

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1960 Oh, Neil / A Very Special Boy Carole King 1
1962 It Might as Well Rain Until September / Nobody's Perfect Carole King 1
1972 Estando en Canaan / Agridulce Carole King 1

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