< Unsourced image removed: thumb|right|Carole King --> 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, but she was a successful songwriter for considerably longer both before and after this period.
Born in 1942 in Brooklyn, New York, Carole Klein (as she was then known) started out playing the piano and then moved on to singing, forming a vocal quartet called the Co-Sines at Abraham Lincoln High School. While attending Queens College, King befriended Paul Simon, Neil Sedaka and Gerry Goffin.
Goffin and King soon formed a songwriting partnership, eventually marrying. Working in the famous Brill Building, where chart-topping hits were churned out during the 1960s, the Goffin-King partnership first hit it big with "Will You Love Me Tomorrow". Recorded by The Shirelles, the song topped the charts in 1961; it was later covered by Dusty Springfield, Laura Branigan, Little Eva, and King herself. Further hits written by the pair include "Take Good Care of My Baby" (Bobby Vee and later Dion, Bobby Vinton, Stephen Collins, and Smokie)...