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Carole King

I was so pleased when the venerable Library of Congress began honoring writers of popular songs with the Gershwin Prize. I’m proud to be the fifth such honoree and the first woman among such distinguished company.
—Carole King

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Since writing her first No. 1 hit “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” at the tender age of 17, Carole King has become one of the most celebrated and iconic singer/songwriters of all time. She has made 25 solo albums, the most successful being Tapestry, which held the record for most weeks at #1 by a female artist for more than 20 years. Her record sales are estimated at more than 75 million copies worldwide. As the most successful female songwriter of the latter half of the 20th century in the U.S., she wrote or co-wrote 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100. She also wrote 61 hits that charted in the UK, making her the most successful female songwriter on the UK singles charts between 1962 and 2005.

King has won four Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a performer and a songwriter. In 2015, King joined the elite ranks of Kennedy Center Honorees.

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