PBS will air a documentary about the legendary singer-songwriter on Feb. 19.
Carole King never set out to become a critically acclaimed, chart-topping performer. Instead she began her career in the ’60s as a hitmaker, writing pop songs like “Locomotion,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” and “I’m Into Something Good” for hire with partner and then-husband Gerry Goffin. But King broke big on her own after releasing Tapestry, the beloved collection of reflective, stunning piano-based tunes that turns 45 years old Wednesday.
Written during King’s most vulnerable time as a recently divorced single mother and released in 1971 when the Vietnam War raged on, King became one of the strongest voices of her generation. With lyrics like, “I want to be home again and feeling right,” and the Goffin-penned, “When my soul was in the lost-and-found, you came along to claim it,” she spoke about the intimate desires rarely seen in pop music before.
Forty-five years later, Tapestry has been revisited over and over, in the Tony-winning Beautiful and now in a PBS documentary, Carole King: Natural Woman as part of the network’s American Masters series, debuting on Feb. 19.
“Her music is literally the soundtrack to so many people’s lives,” Scott says. “People always wanted to be singers, but there are a handful of people who can be an Aretha or a Barbra Streisand. But you believe you could be Carole King.”