She is a composer-performer who wrote numerous hit songs for other performers before achieving fame on her own with the album "Tapestry" in 1971. Among her compositions during this early period, usually written in collaboration with first husband Gerry Goffin, were "Take Good Care of My Baby", a #1 hit in 1961 for Bobby Vee; "Go Away, Little Girl", a #1 hit for both Steve Lawrence (1963) and Donny Osmond (1971); "The Loco-Motion", a #1 hit for both Little Eva (1963) and Grand Funk Railroad (1974); and "Pleasant Valley Sunday", a top-ten hit in 1967 for The Monkees. She, herself, had a top-20 hit during this period, as well, 1961's "It Might As Well Rain Until September", also co-written with Goffin.
One of music's great songwriters, her 1971 album "Tapestry" spent more than 300 weeks on the US charts.
1990: Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (with Gerry Goffin).
1997: Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
2001: Co-wrote two songs, "Let You Go" and "One More Time", with pop group Hanson. Neither of the songs have ever been released by King or Hanson.