young-carole-king-tapestry-album-cover-its-too-late-carly-simonSinger-songwriter Carole King — who coincidentally co-wrote the closing song “He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss)” featured on Sunday’s (April 8) “Mad Men” — spoke to NPR’s “Morning Edition” on Tuesday about her new book, “A Natural Woman: A Memoir.”

The book recounts how she became a chart-topping songwriter, penning hits for everyone from Little Eva to Aretha Franklin, and then became a successful musician in her own right. Her album “Tapestry” spent 15 weeks at the top of the charts and was one of the biggest selling albums of all time.

On NPR, King talked about writing her first hit, the Shirelles’ “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” when she was just 17. She also recounts how James Taylor pushed her to become a recording artist in her own right.

“I was just with him on his little college tour the first year he went out,” she says. “And James one night just said, ‘You’re going to perform ‘Up on the Roof’ tonight.’ It was just a wonderful transition for me, from being really scared to realizing that the audience was with me, and it’s because James had set me up for that.”

Listen to the full interview at NPR.

Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson