Prolific singer-songwriter and composer Carole King turns 72 today!
Born in Brooklyn in 1942, King started playing piano when she was just four years old and became a professional songwriter as a teenager.
In the ‘60s, with her songwriting partner and then-husband, Gerry Goffin, she went on to pen such classics as Little Eva’s “The Locomotion” and Aretha Franklin’s “You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Woman).” Eventually, the marriage fell apart, and King left New Jersey to strike out on her own in Los Angeles.
Yet it was in 1971 that King truly came into her own, with the release of her legendary album Tapestry.
Featuring iconic songs like “I Feel the Earth Move,” “So Far Away” and “It’s Too Late,” the record struck a chord with audiences, selling more than 10 million copies since its release.
Along with her success as a musician, she continued to write songs, collaborating with fellow music icons like Graham Nash, David Crosby and James Taylor.
In fact, we could sit here all day and talk about who King has worked with – though it might be easier to list the few artists she hasn’t collaborated with over the years.
With Goffin, King was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. She also boasts a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and published her New York Times best-selling memoir, A Natural Woman, in 2012.
In 2013, King made music history by becoming the first woman to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. This year, she has showed no signs of slowing down, being honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year for 2014.
King followed that up with a breathtaking performance on the Grammys two days later, singing with young artist Sara Bareilles on a mash-up featuring her song “Beautiful.”
Is there anything this musical virtuoso hasn’t accomplished? Name your favorite Carole King track in the comments in honor of her birthday today!