And those are just her hits — not to mention album tracks, B sides, and the odd flop. Related: Greatest Songwriters of All Time. King was a musical prodigy, selling melodies to New York City publishing companies while she was still in high school. In college she met Gerry Goffin, destined to be her lover and lyricist for the next decade. When Goffin and King's rhapsodic "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" elevated the Shirelles to Number One in late — making them the first all-female group to summit the charts — the songwriting newlyweds became a hot commodity practically overnight. But success didn't equal glamor, and the pair toiled away in a small room deep inside New York City's famed Aldon Music song factory at Broadway. King later described the miniscule office as a "little cubbyhole with just enough room for a piano, a bench, and maybe a chair if you were lucky.
Who Is Carole King?
Carole King Klein  born Carol Joan Klein ; February 9, is an American singer-songwriter who has been active since , initially as one of the staff songwriters at the Brill Building and later as a solo artist. She is the most successful female songwriter of the latter half of the 20th century in the US, having written or co-written pop hits on the Billboard Hot King's major success began in the s 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 s, 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.
Singer and songwriter Carole King has written or co-written over songs that have been recorded by more than 1, artists. Already an accomplished pianist by the time she turned 10, King began writing a multitude of songs by her early teens. At James Madison High School, she chose the new last name "King" for herself as a stage name and formed her first quartet, the Co-Sines. She briefly dated Sedaka, who produced a hit song entitled "Oh! Despite that minor setback, however, she forged ahead with her career and began a romantic relationship and songwriting partnership with Goffin.
While still in high school , King began arranging and composing music, and at age 15 she formed and sang in a vocal quartet called the Cosines. She studied briefly at Queens College before dropping out to marry Gerry Goffin in divorced , who abandoned his plans to become a chemist in order to write music with her. Together, Goffin and King began writing songs for Aldon Music in the confines of a cubicle near the Brill Building on Broadway, and they quickly became one of the most successful songwriter duos in the industry. Hot before King turned