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Carole King (born February 9, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. She was most active as a singer during the first half of the 1970s.

Tapestry and beyond

King followed up Writer in 1971 with Tapestry, featuring folk-flavored reinterpretations of some of her early pop hits as a songwriter, along with new compositions.

Tapestry was an instant success and was soon recognized as one of the landmark albums of the singer-songwriter genre of the early 1970s. With numerous hit singles, Tapestry would remain on the charts for nearly six years and sell over 10 million copies in the United States and an estimated 22 million world-wide. The album garnered four Grammy Awards including Album of the Year; Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female; Record of the Year ("It's Too Late"); and Song of the Year ("You've Got a Friend").

Tapestry became the top-selling pop solo album ever, a position it held until the release of Michael Jackson's Thriller in 1982. The album was later placed at #36 on Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list. In addition, "It's Too Late" was placed at #469 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Music (1971), Rhymes and Reasons (1972), and Fantasy (1973) followed, each earning either a gold or platinum RIAA certification.

In 1973, King performed a free concert in New York City's Central Park and broke all previous records for such a concert with over 100,000 people attending.

King also enjoyed major success with her 1974 album Wrap Around Joy. The album reached number #1 on the Billboard charts and only for the second time in her career she had a song reach as high as #2 on the singles chart with "Jazzman,"

Goffin and King reunited to write four songs for Thoroughbred (1975). David Crosby, Graham Nash and James Taylor, a long-time friend of King's, all appeared on the record. Thoroughbred would be her last Gold-certified record. Also in 1975, King scored a number of songs for the animated TV production of Maurice Sendak's work Really Rosie, which was also released as an album by the same name, with lyrics by Sendak.

In 1977 King collaborated with a new another songwriting partner, Rick Evers, on Simple Things. King married Evers shortly thereafter; he died of a heroin overdose one year later. Simple Things reached number 17 on the Billboard album charts, her first release since Tapestry not to reach the top 10. Neither Welcome Home (1978), which marked her debut as a co-producer on an album, nor Touch the Sky (1979), reached the top 100.

Pearls - The Songs of Goffin and King (1980) was moderately successful and yielded a hit single, an updated version of "One Fine Day". Pearls marked the end of King's career as a hitmaker as a performer, as no subsequent single release would reach the top 40.

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