is a U.S. singer and songwriter. Her career began in the 1960s when King, along with her former husband Gerry Goffin, wrote more than two dozen chart hits for numerous artists, many of which have become standards. King had her first number 1 hit as a songwriter in 1960 at age 18, with Will You Love Me Tomorrow
, which she wrote with Goffin.
As a solo artist, Carole King saw fame in the 1970s, most notably with her album Tapestry
which topped the U.S. album chart for 15 weeks in 1971 and remained on the charts for more than six years, selling over 11 million copies. King has continued to pen hit songs. In 1997, King co-wrote The Reason
, which was a hit for Celine Dion. Billboard named her the most successful female songwriter of 1955–99 because she wrote or co-wrote 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Her songs have also regularly featured
in movies and television productions.
In recognition of her long career, CBC reports
that the singer-songwriter will be named MusiCares Person of the Year at an event held two nights before the main Grammys ceremony in January 2014. At the ceremony, King will be serenaded by artists including Lady Gaga, the Dixie Chicks, Bette Midler, Steve Tyler, Jason Mraz, and her former partner James Taylor.
This isn't the end of the Carole King celebrations. A musical of King's life
, charting her rise from Brooklyn to fame and fortune, is due to open on Broadway next spring called Beautiful: The Carole King Musical