Carole King's Tapestry: Story And Trivia Of A Songwriter's Belated Success
By | June 18, 2020
The 1971 album Tapestry by Carole King was a blockbuster, bringing one of the most successful songwriters in the business fame under her own banner. A songwriting prodigy, Carole King had been writing hits since her teens, several of which went to #1 on the Billboard chart -- for other artists. Then came Tapestry, with "I Feel The Earth Move," "It's Too Late," "So Far Away," "You've Got A Friend," and her versions of "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." Previously a faceless songwriting credit on a track listing -- usually "Goffin-King," with her songwriting partner Gerry Goffin -- Carole King became a household name and the most critically acclaimed act of 1971.
Carole King’s mother began teaching her basic piano skills when she was three. By the time she was four, her mother started giving her real music lessons, including technique and music theory. By the time she was in high school, she formed a band called the Co-Sines and made demo records with her friend Paul Simon. Her first official recording was "The Right Girl,” a promotional single released by ABC-Paramount in 1958. King wrote the song and sang it to an arrangement by Don Costa. After high school, she went to Queens College where at 17 she met and married Gerry Goffin in 1959. They also became writing partners as well, with King focusing on the music and Goffin, on the lyrics.