Carole King's hit songs include "It's Too Late," "I Feel the Earth Move" and "So Far Away." King's compositions for other artists have also spawned hits such as James Taylor's "You've Got a Friend," the Monkees' "Pleasant Valley Sunday" and Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman."
Born in 1942 in New York City as Carol Joan Klein, King started her music career as a songwriter, churning dozens of hit songs co-written with her then husband Gerry Goffin and performed by famous artists. She started singing her own compositions in the 1970s, achieving fame with her 1971 album "Tapestry." Since then, she wrote or co-wrote more than 100 pop songs that reached Billboard's Hot 100, as of 2014. The Library of Congress awarded her the prestigious Gershwin Prize in 2013 for her outstanding body of work as a songwriter.