Carole King (born February 9, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. King and her former husband Gerry Goffin wrote more than two dozen chart hits for numerous artists during the 1960s, many of which have become standards. As a singer, her Tapestry album topped the U.S. album chart for 15 weeks in 1971, and remained on the charts for more than six years.
She was most successful as a performer in the first half of the 1970s, although she was a successful songwriter long before and long after. She had her first number 1 hit as a songwriter in 1960 at age 18, with “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, which she wrote with Goffin.
In 1997, she co-wrote “The Reason” for Aerosmith, but instead it was sung by Celine Dion.
In 2005 music historian Stuart Devoy found her the most successful female songwriter on the UK singles charts 1952 – 2005.
King has made 25 solo albums, the most successful being Tapestry. Her most recent non-compilation album is Live at the Troubadour, a collaboration with James Taylor, which reached number 4 on the charts in its first week, and has sold over 600,000 copies.
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. Her album Tapestry held the record for most weeks at #1 by a female artist for more than 20 years until broken by the late Whitney Houston for the album The Bodyguard, and later by Adele for the album 21. – Wikipedia