Carole King

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Legal name: Carol Joan Klein


Carole King (born Carol Joan Klein, February 9, 1942) is an American composer and singer-songwriter. She is the most successful female songwriter of the latter half of the 20th century in the US, having written or co-written 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1955 and 1999. King also wrote 61 hits that charted in the UK, making her the most successful female songwriter on the UK singles charts between 1952 and 2005.

King's career began in the 1960s when she and her first husband, Gerry Goffin, wrote more than two dozen chart hits, many of which have become standards, for numerous artists. 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.

King has made 25 solo albums, the most successful being Tapestry, which held the record for most weeks at No. 1 by a female artist for more than 20 years. Her most recent non-compilation album was Tapestry: Live in Hyde Park in 2017. Her record sales were estimated at more than 75 million copies worldwide.

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. She is also a 2015 Kennedy Center Honoree.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Writer Carole King 3
1971 Tapestry Carole King 4.15 26
1971 Music Carole King 8
1972 Rhymes & Reasons Carole King 5
1973 Fantasy Carole King 3
1974 Wrap Around Joy Carole King 7
1975 Thoroughbred Carole King 4
1977 Simple Things Carole King 4 4
1978 Welcome Home Carole King 3
1979 Touch the Sky Carole King 1
1980 Pearls: Songs of Goffin and King Carole King 3
1982 One to One Carole King 2
1983 Speeding Time Carole King 3
1989 City Streets Carole King 2
1993 Colour of Your Dreams Carole King 2
2001 Love Makes the World Carole King 2
2011 A Holiday Carole Carole King 2
2012 The Legendary Demos Carole King 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1963 The Dimension Dolls The Cookies, Little Eva & Carole King 3
1978 Her Greatest Hits: Songs of Long Ago Carole King 7
1994 A Natural Woman: The Ode Collection, 1968-1976 Carole King 5
1994 Carole King Carole King 1
1994 Pearls / Time Gone By Carole King 1
1994 Time Gone By Carole King 1
1995 The Right Girl Carole King 1
1998 Goin' Back Carole King 1
1999 Hardrock Cafe Carole King 1
2000 Natural Woman: The Very Best of Carole King Carole King 3
2000 Carole King Super Hits Carole King 1
2000 Jazzman Carole King 2
2001 Brill Building Sessions & More Carole King 1
2002 The Early Years Carole King 2
2005 Crying in the Rain Carole King 2
2005 Collections Carole King 1
2006 Up on the Roof Carole King 1
2007 The Best of Carole King Carole King 1
2008 Original Album Classics Carole King 1
2010 The Essential Carole King Carole King 3
2015 A Beautiful Collection Carole King 2
2015 Playlist: The Very Best of Carole King Carole King 1
2017 Original Album Classics Carole King 1
2017 The Real... Carole King Carole King 1
Sweet Seasons Carole King 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 In Concert Carole King 3
1996 The Carnegie Hall Concert: June 18, 1971 Carole King 4
2005 The Living Room Tour Carole King 1
2010 Live at the Troubadour Carole King & James Taylor 1 2
2017 Tapestry: Live in Hyde Park Carole King 2

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1975 Really Rosie Carole King 6
2014 Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (2014 original Broadway cast) Carole King 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
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
2017 One Small Voice Carole King 1

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