I Feel The Earth Move is my favourite Carole King song, as performed by the songwriter herself, but she wrote memorable hits for other artists as well.
My favourite is Crying In The Rain, performed by The Everly Brothers, which she wrote not with her usual songwriting partner, Gerry Goffin, whom she later divorced, but with someone else.
Now here’s a song I love that was written by King and Goffin: I’m Into Something Good. It was a hit for Herman’s Hermits.
King and Goffin also wrote Pleasant Valley Sunday, a memorable hit recorded by The Monkees in 1967.
King and Goffin’s first big hit was Will You Still Love You Tomorrow, recorded by the Shirelles way back in 1960.
Soon after followed another chartbuster, The Loco-motion, recorded by Little Eva in 1962.
Other big hits written by King and Goffin included
- One Fine Day, recorded by the Chiffons
- Up On The Roof, by the Drifters
- Go Away, Little Girl, recorded by Steve Lawrence and later by Donny Osmond
- Take Good Care Of My Baby, sung by Bobby Vee
- (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, by Aretha Franklin
Carole King also wrote hits on her own, such as I Feel The Earth Move and You’ve Got A Friend.
What made me think of her was that, after a long time, I saw a video of Steppenwolf singing Born To Be Wild on YouTube. Born To Be Wild was one of the songs featured in the movie Easy Rider. The 1969 road movie is a cult classic with some great songs. I looked up the full list – and, guess what, Easy Rider too had a song written by King and Goffin: Wasn’t Born To Follow, recorded by the Byrds. Give it a listen. Isn’t it sweet?
From teenage angst to folk rock, Carole King covered all the bases… beautifully.