Songwriting legend Carole King was honored at the White House as the first female winner of the Library Of Congress Gershwin Prize For Popular Song. As a teenager she began to write music, mostly for other artists. Strangely, Little Eva was actually Carole King’s babysitter when she would work or go out, and Carole King urged her to record her “Locomotion” song, which became a huge hit for the young singer. Now 71, Carole King remains active as a singer and songwriter. In 1971, her friends urged her to record and release her own albums for a change, and TAPESTRY in 1971 became one of the biggest selling albums of all time. It was strange, because Carole King was usually a songwriter and not a performer before that point.
Carole King actually released an album, WRITER in 1970, but the album didn’t have anywhere near the traction of 1971’s TAPESTRY. Carole King goes down in history as the most successful female songwriter of all time. Her honors at the White House and the Gershwin awards are well deserved.