9 Songs You Didn't Know Carole King Wrote
Carole King and Gerry Goffin are one of the world's most famous song writing duos. Did you know they wrote these best-loved songs?
1. The Drifters - Some Kind of Wonderful
This song was released in 1961, but you also might recognise it from the movie 'Dirty Dancing'! It was recorded in recent years by one of Smooth's favourite artists - Michael Buble.
2. The Shirelles - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
Another song from the 'Dirty Dancing' soundtrack - this was Carole's first no.1 aged just 18 years old. Many versions of this song have been recorded over the years by artists including Dusty Springfield, Bryan Ferry and Amy Winehouse.
3. The Beatles - Chains
This song was originally recorded but not released by The Everly Brothers. Then in 1962, it was released by Little Eva's backing group 'The Cookies' who had a hit with it. The Beatles then began to cover it in their live shows and eventually recorded it for album 'Please Please Me'.
4. Dusty Springfield - Goin' Back
This song was originally written for another artist but following a disagreement over lyrics, that version was never released. Carole thought about releasing it herself but instead gave it to Dusty and it reached no.10 in the UK charts. Lucky she did!
5. Bobby Vee - Take Good Care Of My Baby
This song was the second no.1 for Carole King after 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow' and was Bobby's only no.1.
6. Lisa Simpson - Jazzman
It's not just real-life artists that Carole wrote for. She composed 'Jazzman' which Lisa Simpson performs as a eulogy for Bleeding Gums Murphy in an episode of the popular programme!
7. The Monkees - Another Pleasant Valley Sunday
Carole King and Gerry Goffin's inspiration for this song was a street called Pleasant Valley Way in New Jersey, where they were living at the time. They found the people in the area keen to 'keep up with the Joneses' and they wrote about this in the song. Hopefully the neighbours didn't take offence!
8. Aretha Franklin - You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman
This is one of Aretha's biggest ever hits and did you know her sisters Carolyn and Erma are on the backing vocals?
9. Kylie Minogue - The Locomotion
This song was a hit for three different artists in three different decades! First for Little Eva in 1962, then Grand Funk Railroad in 1974 and finally Kylie Minogue in 1988. Who will be next?