1942 – Songwriter/performer Carole King (Carole Klein) is born on This Day In Rock in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her biggest hit, which stays at No. 1 for five weeks in 1971, is the two-sided single “It’s Too Late/I Feel the Earth Move”.
Carole King is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. During the 1960s, she and her former husband Gerry Goffin wrote more than two dozen chart hits for numerous artists, many of which have become standards. In 1971, King’s album “Tapestry” topped the U.S. album chart for 15 weeks and remained on the charts for more than six years.
In the first half of the 1970s King was most successful as a performer, although she was a successful songwriter long before and long after. In 1961, at age 18, she had her first No. 1 hit as a songwriter with “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, which she wrote with Gerry Goffin. She co-wrote “The Reason” for torch singer Celine Dion in 1997.
Joel Whitburn, a Billboard Magazine pop music researcher, named King the most successful female songwriter of 1955-1999 in year 2000, because she wrote and co-wrote 118 pop hits that were all on the Billboard Hot 100.
King has created 25 solo albums, the most successful being “Tapestry”. Her most recent non-compilation album is “Live at the Troubadour”, which was a collaboration with James Taylor, and reached No. 4 on the charts in its first week selling over 400,000 copies.
King won four Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her songwriting. Carole King was inducted into the “Hit Parade” Hall of Fame in 2009. She holds the record for the longest time an album by a female has remained on the charts and the longest time an album by a female to hold the #1 position, both for “Tapestry”.