Carole King is known for her distinct voice and superior songwriting skills. Songs such as (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and Will You Love Me Tomorrow are often associated with her. There are many other songs people are surprised to hear were written by Carole. Other than Aretha Franklin’s hit, there have been over 1,000 artists who have covered her songs. For example, One Fine Day was performed by the Chiffons. It was intended for Little Eva, who sang Locomotion, another really well-known song covered by many. People are often surprised to hear that Carole King penned the song, and it’s one that is featured in the Carole King musical on Broadway.
The Animals had a hit with Don’t Bring Me Down, which has also been often covered live by Tom Petty and the Hearbreakers. Another is He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss), a hit for The Crystals in 1962 and also covered by Hole during their MTV Unplugged special. Even more little known contributions to the music industry include The Reason, performed by Celine Dion on her 1998 Let’s Talk About Love album. The Drifters covered Up on the Roof, which Carole has played herself as have James Taylor, Ike and Tina Turner, and others.
Take a Giant Step was covered by the Monkees (who also covered Pleasant Valley Sunday), while I’m into Something Good was a hit for Earl-Jean and also covered by Herman’s Hermits. In all, over 400 songs written by Carole King have been recorded by other artists. Many have become chart-topping hits which are featured in the Carole King musical now on Broadway and about to be moved to London.
It’s also surprising to some that she wrote Take Good Care of My Baby, a 1961 hit on the U.S. billboard Hot 100 for Bobby Vee. Recorded by the Everly Brothers but not released, Chains was released by the Beatles in 1963. The former recorded Crying In The Rain, written by King and Howard Greenfield who worked with both her and Gerry Goffin.
As a solo artist and through various collaborations, Carole King has written hundreds of songs. Heard in the musical and on the cast album, these represent an era of music that still inspires millions.