American singer-songwriter Carole King fka Carol Joan Klein was born on February 9, 1942. She has written or co-written 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1955 to 1999. Her songwriting career began in earnest in the 1960s co-writing hits with her first husband, Gerry Coffin. Her success as a performer in her own right was not met until the 1970s. Her breakthrough album, Tapestry was released in 1971 and topped the US album chart for 15 weeks. The album then stayed on the charts for over six years.
King has won four Grammy Awards and been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2013, she was the first woma to be honored with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. In 2015, she was named a Kennedy Center Honoree.
Tapestry offers some of the most sonorous and lasting 70s hit wonders with 9 of its songs having copyright dates for the same year it was released in 1971. The deliberately understated delivery offers this plethora of pop sophistication that has seldom if ever been matched. Aloha Promises Forever rates this album a solid 10 out of 10.
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