Singer-songwriter Carole King to receive U.S. Gershwin prize

Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:28am IST

Singer and songwriter Carole King poses on the arrivals line at ''A Celebration of Carole King And Her Music'' concert to benefit Paul Newman's The Painted Turtle Camp in Hollywood December 4, 2012. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

Singer and songwriter Carole King poses on the arrivals line at ''A Celebration of Carole King And Her Music'' concert to benefit Paul Newman's The Painted Turtle Camp in Hollywood December 4, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Fred Prouser

REUTERS - American singer-songwriter Carole King will be awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the U.S. national library said on Thursday.

The multiple Grammy Award winner co-wrote her first No. 1 hit at age 17 with then-husband Gerry Goffin and was the first female solo artist to sell more than 10 million copies of a single album, with her 1971 release "Tapestry."

The prize honors individuals for lifetime achievement in popular music, the library said. It is named after songwriting brothers George and Ira Gershwin.

King, now 70, topped the charts with the song "It's Too Late" in 1971, but is best known for her work performed by others, including "You've Got a Friend" by James Taylor and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin.

"I was so pleased when the venerable Library of Congress began honoring writers of popular songs with the Gershwin Prize," King said in a statement. "I'm proud to be the fifth such honoree and the first woman among such distinguished company."

King and Goffin wrote some the biggest hits of the 1960s before their nine-year marriage ended in 1968. They rose to prominence in 1960 writing "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" for the Shirelles.

The duo also scored hits with "Take Good Care of My Baby," performed by Bobby Vee in 1961, "The Loco-Motion," performed by Little Eva in 1962 and "Pleasant Valley Sunday," performed by The Monkees in 1967, among others.

New York-born King did not hit it big as a singer until 1971, when "Tapestry" topped the U.S. album charts for 15 weeks, then a record for a female solo artist.

Past recipients of the award include Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and songwriting tandem Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Jill Serjeant and Xavier Briand)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Fashion

ENTERTAINMENT SHOWCASE

Bynes Arrested

Bynes Arrested

Actress Amanda Bynes back in trouble with drug-driving arrest.  Full Article 

Clooney Weds

Clooney Weds

Clooney and Alamuddin cap weekend nuptials with civil ceremony.  Full Article 

"Crouching Tiger"

"Crouching Tiger"

Netflix co-producing "Crouching Tiger" sequel.  Full Article 

Music Conductor

Music Conductor

Malkki at helm of Finnish orchestra cracks glass ceiling.  Full Article 

Fashion Week

Fashion Week

Stella McCartney goes airy for summer, Lagerfeld Barbie a hit at Paris Fashion Week.  Full Article 

"Wines of California"

"Wines of California"

Authors cruise through California’s wine counties - one vineyard at a time .  Full Article 

Art Market

Art Market

Japan art market boosted by Abenomics after years in the doldrums.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage