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Carole King

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Brooklyn NY, United States (1942 – present)

Carole King (born February 9, 1942) is an American and pianist, regarded as one of the most influential female songwriters of the 20th century. One half of a legendary songwriting partnership together with her one-time husband, Gerry Goffin, she wrote several hit songs in the ‘ hits for artists such as The Shirelles (“Will You Love Me Tomorrow”), Aretha Franklin (“(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman”), and The Monkees (“Pleasant Valley Sunday”). At the dawn of the ‘, she released the solo album Tapestry, a critically and financially successful landmark in the singer-songwriter genre.

Born Carol Klein in Brooklyn, New York to a Jewish household, King started out playing the piano, then moved on to singing, forming a vocal quartet called the Co-Sines at James Madison High School. She attended Queens College, where she was a classmate of Neil Sedaka and inspired Sedaka’s first big hit, “Oh! Carol”, to which she later wrote and recorded a tongue-in-cheek response, “Oh! Neil”. Along with Sedaka and Gerry Goffin (whom she later married), King also befriended Paul Simon at the same college.

Goffin and King soon formed a songwriting partnership, eventually married, and had two daughters, Louise Goffin and Sherry Goffin Kondor, both of whom have also become singers. Working for Aldon Music in the Brill Building in the heart of New York’s music district, where chart-topping hits were churfned out during the 1960s, the Goffin-King partnership first hit it big with “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”. Recorded by The Shirelles, the song topped the charts in 1961. It was later covered by Dusty Springfield, Little Eva, Roberta Flack, Laura Branigan, The Four Seasons, and King herself.

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  • 2Serenity

    Yesterday I saw the Broadway play, "Beautiful: The Carole King Story." Powerful! Her story is told from her teenage years up until her debut at Carnegie Hall! I didn't know she wrote many songs for many black musicians. Listen to her album, "Tapestry." Wow. No wonder she is a powerhouse!

    13 Mar 1:12pm Reply
  • garynotrashcoug

    She's written so many songs for so many people and she's a brilliant performer herself.

    10 Mar 10:52pm Reply
  • caredu1

    Happy Birthday! Listening to Tapestry right now

    9 Feb 11:16pm Reply
  • SamuelFonseca_

    <3

    31 Jan 8:53pm Reply
  • tomvecc

    such a great song ralfsu: Joni Mitchell? :) say Court and Spark ... but I like both

    15 Jan 5:02pm Reply
  • vangelicmonk

    It's too bad baby, that her main song has been played out by supermarkets and other places of business for years that the song is irritating now.

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • BigPTS

    This is one of my fave singer song writer and her song Jazzman when it came on the radio in 1974 I was just 10 years old a classic

    26 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Linda10605

    I grew up listening to this music. I'm not ashamed to admit that I have CDs of her music along with James Taylor's, Carly Simon's and others. I listen driving to and from work. I'm 64 going on 14. Long live Carole's music!

    25 Oct 2013 Reply
  • manisimmati

    v "Tapestry" is an amazing album for sure, but for some reason I still don‘t wholeheartedly love it. There are albums by other female singer-songwriters I feel a deeper connection to. But of course that‘s more of a personal thing: Carole rocks, there‘s no denying.

    13 Jun 2013 Reply
  • ralfsu

    But overall... I don't think any female singer-songwriter has come even remotely close to making an album as good as Tapestry is.

    24 May 2013 Reply
  • ralfsu

    It's worth noting that while Tapestry may be her masterpiece, her other '70s works are almost as good.

    24 May 2013 Reply
  • Bastard1

    Well, I introduced someone to Carole today, consider my good deed of today done.

    31 Mar 2013 Reply
  • LarissaJazz

    <3

    7 Mar 2013 Reply
  • flowersonthewal

    inspired by the lovely carole king :) http://ryanfrailich.bandcamp.com/track/you-fell-into-my-grave

    31 Jan 2013 Reply
  • joemcmaster

    i heard she dont shave i like dat

    5 Nov 2012 Reply
  • top20fanatico

    I love to see Carly Simon and Joni Mitchell on the related artists <3

    14 Oct 2012 Reply
  • jotarvr

    Oh, Tapestry, what an album! I clearly remember the very first time I heard it, playing on my aunt's car, when I was a child. I fell in love with it instantly. It's become a sort of close friend to my ears, hehe.

    12 Sep 2012 Reply
  • igorgeneration

    Tapestry is iconic! timeless!

    24 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Psycho_snacky

    2 days ago it was EARTH, WIND & FIRE & MARVIN GAYE, yesterday it was PINK FLOYD & CAN, and now it's BOB DYLAN & CAROLE KING...who taught last.fm to moderate like that?

    26 Jul 2012 Reply
  • DarkRivitHead

    Very good.

    15 Jul 2012 Reply
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