Singer Carole King is turning 80 years old today!
The legendary singer was born on February 9, 1942, in Manhattan, New York. Although she has been in shows like “Gilmore Girls,” King is best known as a singer. Take a look at her impressive career!
Carole King: Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Carole King Klein, born Carol Joan Klein, is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. She has been working in the entertainment industry since 1958. She got her start as one of the staff songwriters at the Brill Building before heading off on her own as a solo artist.
King has since become one of the most successful female songwriters in the last half of the 20th century and has written or co-written 118 pop hits that have the Billboard Hot 100 charts. She has also written 61 hits that charted in the U.K., making her the most successful female songwriter on the U.K. singles charts from 1962 to 2005.
King got her start when she and then-husband Gerry Goffin began writing songs in the 1960s. She did not receive fame until she started singing her own sings in the 1970s. Although her debut album “Writer” failed to live up to expectations, her album “Tapestry” topped the U.S. album chart for fifteen weeks in 1971 and stayed on the charts for over six years!
Throughout her career, King has recorded more than 25 solo albums, although none of them received the same acclaim as “Tapestry.” She has won four Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice – once as a performer, and again as a songwriter. King also holds the distinction of being the first woman to be honored with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, which was awarded to her in 2013. She also became a Kennedy Center Honoree in 2015.
Today, fans are celebrating her birthday with some of her best chart-topping hits. Have a listen!
‘It’s Too Late’
Anyone who knows the name Carole King has heard the song “It’s Too Late.”
“This is simply the most emotionally intelligent break-up song ever written,” one fan commented.
“I bought this album in the early 1970s at around 12 years old,” another fan wrote. “Listened to it over and over. Now decades later it has a new meaning because I understand it so much more. A timeless classic.”
“This song played in my head for years,” another shared. “It’s amazing what the old songs can do for the soul.”
“I love the part where she sings ‘There’ll be good times for me and you, but we can’t stay together don’t you feel it too? Still, I’m glad for what we had and how I once loved you,’” another wrote. “Benevolence, grace, compassion, reality not blame.”
“She wrote so many songs that fit the time. Finally, she sang her own songs,” another shared. “I love this song!”
‘I Feel The Earth Move’
“I Feel The Earth Move” is a timeless Carole King classic!
“February 10th, 2021. It’s been officially 50 years since this album got released,” one fan noted. “Happy 50th Anniversary Tapestry album!”
“I have played this on piano a thousand times and it never fails to give me goosebumps,” another shared. “Carole was a master songwriter and the queen of white R&B.”
“She’s a fabulous singer and composer. I remember when that song 1st came out I was mesmerized with the song and the lyrics it is definitely a true classic…” another fan said.
“The whole album is brilliant and this is one of the best tracks,” another shared.
“A true classic pop song from a great female songwriter!” another commented.
‘You’ve Got A Friend’
Even though the comments are turned off on this song, we can only imagine that many fans wish they could share that “You’ve Got A Friend” is one of their favorite Carole King songs of all time!
‘So Far Away’
The comments for “So Far Away” are turned off as well, but this classic love song is a favorite of many Carole King fans!
Still Not Enough Carole King For You?
It’s not enough for us either! Have a listen to over 90 minutes of Carole King’s greatest hits!