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Songwriting Queen

Carole King is an American singer and songwriter, most active as a singer during the early to mid 1970s, and active as a successful songwriter considerably longer both before and after her period as a popular singer.

Born February 9, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York, (as she was then known) started out playing the piano and then moved on to singing, forming a vocal quartet called the Co-Sines in high school. While attending Queens College, King befriended Paul Simon, Neil Sedaka and Gerry Goffin.

Goffin and King soon formed a songwriting partnership, eventually marrying, working in the famous Brill Building, where chart-topping hits were churned out during the 1950s and early 60s. The Goffin/King partnership first hit it big with "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", which topped the charts when released by the Shirelles in 1961. Future hits written by the pair include: "Take Good Care of My Baby" (Bobby Vee), "The Locomotion" (Little Eva), "One Fine Day" (The Chiffons), "Pleasant Valley Sunday" (The Monkees), "Up on the Roof" (The Drifters; later James Taylor), "Chains" (The Cookies; later the Beatles), "(You Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman" (Aretha Franklin) and "He Hit Me (and it Felt Like a Kiss)" (The Crystals).

After failing several times at beginning a solo career, King eventually helped found a record label, Tomorrow Records), divorced Goffin and married Charles Larkey (of the Mydle Class). Moving to the West Coast, Larkey, King and Danny Kortchmar formed a group called The City, which released one album, Now That Everything's Been Said, but the album was a commercial failure. King then released Writer (1970), another disastrous failure, followed by Tapestry (1971), her best known and most well-received album. One of the critical albums of the singer/songwriter genre of the early 1970s, Tapestry remains her most popular album among fans and critics. Music (1971), Rhymes and Reasons (1972) and Wrap Around Joy (1974) followed, each selling respectably.

Goffin and King reunited to write Thoroughbred (1975) with David Crosby, Graham Nash and James Taylor, a long-time friend of King's. She married another songwriting partner, Rick Evers, after releasing Simple Things (1977); he died of a herion overdose one year later.

Retiring to Idaho, King became an environmental activist after releasing a collection called Speeding Time in 1983. She returned to music in 1989, recording City Streets, followed by Colour of Your Dreams (1993), with a guest appearance by Slash of Guns n' Roses.

King has won four Grammys and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with her ex-husband Gerry Goffin as a songwriting team in 1990.


  • 2001 - Love Makes The World
  • 2000 - Super Hits
  • 1998 - Goin' Back
  • 1997 - Time Heals All Wounds
  • 1996 - Carnegie Hall Concert: June 18 1971
  • 1994 - Time Gone By
  • 1994 - In Concert
  • 1993 - Colour of Your Dreams
  • 1989 - City Streets
  • 1983 - Speeding Time
  • 1982 - One To One
  • 1980 - Pearls: Songs Of Goffin And King
  • 1979 - Touch the Sky
  • 1978 - Welcome Home
  • 1977 - Simple Things
  • 1976 - Thoroughbred
  • 1975 - Really Rosie
  • 1974 - Wrap Around Joy
  • 1973 - Fantasy
  • 1972 - Rhymes and Reasons
  • 1971 - Music
  • 1971 - Tapestry
  • 1970 - Writer
  • The Brill Building Years

    Carole King's entrance into the world of pop music in the late 1950's is the stuff that old-time Hollywood films are made of. In the a world dominated by middle-age, short-tempered men, 16 year-old Carol Klein from Sheepshead Brooklyn believed so strongly in her own talents that she would embark on the long train ride into Manhattan after school to knock on the doors of some of the industry's most powerful publishers and record executives.
    Perseverance paid off for the bold teenager, after knocking on many doors, Carol wound up recording her own 45s such as "Oh, Neil" (Alpine) an answer to Neil Sedaka's hit of the day, "Oh Carol," "Short Mort" (RCA Victor), a parody of Annette Funicello's "Tall Paul," "The Right Girl," b/w "Goin' Wild" and "Baby Sittin' b/w "Under the Stars" (ABC-Paramount). All recorded before she was even 16 years old!
    It wasn't, however, until after she joined forces with Gerry Goffin at the dawning of the 1960s that the promise of those early recordings was fulfilled with a the hit recording of "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" by the Shirelles. Originally turned down by Columbia Record's then head, Mitch Miller, the song became Goffin & King's first #1 hit when it was released on the Scepter label in 1960.
    And as they say, the rest is history. Goffin & King quickly became not only one of the rock era's most popular songwriting teams, they also quickly won the respect and admiration of their peers. Lennon & McCartney idolized them; on their first visit to NYC, meeting Goffin & King was top on their list of priorities.
    In January of 1990, Gerry Goffin and Carole King were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. This honor followed being inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in January 1987 and being awarded a Lifetime Achievement award by the Academy of Songwriters in 1988.
    But the greatest award that can be bestowed on this songwriting team is the simple fact that one can literally not get through a day without hearing one of their songs either on the radio, piped in through Muzak, or as part of television commercial!

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