And those are just her hits — not to mention album tracks, B sides, and the odd flop. Related: Greatest Songwriters of All Time. King was a musical prodigy, selling melodies to New York City publishing companies while she was still in high school. In college she met Gerry Goffin, destined to be her lover and lyricist for the next decade.
# 10 – City Streets
And not even just writing songs ; Carole King wrote some of the biggest hits of the time. Between writing hits for The Drifters, The Shirelles, and others, King has a lot of songs that you might not even know she made. It was written specifically with Franklin in mind, and King went on to do a version of it on her second solo album, Tapestry. It was, unsurprisingly, at the top of the charts. And King also recorded a version of her own later on. He made it his own, and it came out the very same year. It was named after a place in New Jersey where the two lived at the time and was a commentary on societal standards of the time.
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Her work, both as a composer and performer, continues to be the gold standard of fine form matched to pop melody. In fact, other canonic musicians ranging from Aretha Franklin to The Animals and The Drifters to Dusty Springfield have performed her music, partially to honor the legend and partially to make her work their own hits. But to name her 12 best songs, calls for an emphasis on her golden years of partnership with Gerry Goffin, their work at the Brill Building and her masterpiece album Tapestry. This melancholy take from her debut solo album Writer is a lovely contrast to the classic toe-tapping version by The Drifters. This is one of the best melodies in a catalog overflowing with them. Green himself tuning in to one of those TVs to catch that group The Monkees themselves playing this song. But is he in on the joke? In particular, this live version from our own archives in the Paste Cloud captures the sparkling joy of Brill Building melodicism. King and Goffin were instrumental in helping to construct this trend, along with their co-workers like Burt Bacharach, Johnny Mercer and Phil Spector.
Carole King established her solo career in with her hit album Tapestry, but in the lead up to this she had already written hits for artists such as The Shirelles, Aretha Franklin, The Monkees, The Drifters and more. To celebrate her music and 'Beautiful - The Carole King Musical' currently in London, we've put together a list of 19 popular songs you probably didn't know were hers. Billboard Hot in September For me, it just reminds me of that SMA advert with the crying baby. Ranked No. It is notable for being a huge hit 3 times in 3 different decades. The song hit No. Originally written for girl group The Cookies, 'Chains' became a popular cover song for Liverpool bands, and was an early track in The Beatles' live sets. George Harrision took lead vocals and this was the first time fans heard him singing on a commercially-released song.