Carole King's Tapestry: Story And Trivia Of A Songwriter's Belated Success

By Cyn Felthousen-Post
Left: Carole King and her cat photographed in her Laurel Canyon home for the cover of 'Tapestry.' Right: King in record producer Lou Adler's office holding the four Grammy Awards she received for the album. Soures: Amazon.com; Jim McCrary/Redferns

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.