If you’re a fan of Carole King, you’re probably aware that she’s a great songwriter. Her breakthrough album Tapestry won her an allegiance of fans, and proved that she was a great performer as well (it was number one on the U.S. album chart for 15 weeks in 1971 and remained on the charts for more than six years). When you actually look at the list of hit songs she penned, however, it’s really quite amazing. In the ’60s, she and her husband Gerry Goffin wrote more than two dozen hit songs for a variety of artists, some of which might surprise you!
1.”Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” by The Shirelles
Originally recorded in 1960, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” became a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making The Shirelles the first all-female group to ever achieve such an accomplishment. The song went on to be covered by various artists, including Carole King herself in 1971.
2. “Take Good Care Of My Baby,” by Bobby Vee
The single by Bobby Vee was an instant hit, reaching number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in September. The song was covered by The Beatles for their audition at Decca Records in 1962, and reached the charts again in 1968 for Bobby Vinton’s rendition.
3. “Chains,” by The Cookies
Though “Chains,” was originally recorded by The Everly Brothers (but was never released), it became a hit single for Little Eva’s back up group, The Cookies. While their version reached number 17 on the U.S. Pop chart, the song gained more fame when the Beatles released their rendition in 1963 as part of their debut Please Please Me.