Personalities | Carole King | Seventies | Rock

(Piano, vocals, b. 1942)

A graduate of New York’s Brill Building school of songwriting, King teamed up with lyricist and future husband Gerry Goffin to compose many 1960s smashes for other artists, although ‘It Might As Well Rain Until September’ was a hit for King under her own name in 1962. Goffin and King split up in 1967 and she recorded one album as part of a trio, The City.

Her solo recording career began in earnest in 1970 with Writer but 1971’s Tapestry proved her greatest success. The album combined re-interpretations of King’s early songs, like ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow?’ with new material. Tapestry was a benchmark in the newly popular genre of the adult-orientated singer-songwriter. Although she remained active in the 1970s, subsequent albums like Music (1971) and Rhymes And Reasons (1972) failed to live up to Tapestry. Her output since 1983 has been sporadic.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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