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Carole King

While the landmark Tapestry album earned her superstar status, singer/songwriter Carole King had already firmly established herself as one of pop music's most gifted and successful composers, with work recorded by everyone from the Beatles to Aretha Franklin. Born Carole Klein on February 9, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York, she began playing piano at the age of four, and formed her first band, the vocal quartet the Co-Sines, while in high school. A devotee of the composing team of Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller (the duo behind numerous hits for Elvis Presley, the Coasters, and Ben E. King), she became a fixture at influential DJ Alan Freed's local rock & roll shows; while attending Queens College, she fell in with budding songwriters Paul Simon and Neil Sedaka as well as Gerry Goffin, with whom she forged a writing partnership.

In 1959, Sedaka scored a hit with "Oh! Carol," written in her honor; King cut an answer record, "Oh! Neil," but it stiffed. She and Goffin, who eventually married, began writing under publishers Don Kirshner and Al Nevins in the famed pop songwriting house the Brill Building, where they worked alongside the likes of Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, and countless others. In 1961, Goffin and King scored their first hit with the Shirelles' chart-topping "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"; their next effort, Bobby Vee's "Take Good Care of My Baby," also hit number one, as did "The Locomotion," recorded by their babysitter, Little Eva. Together, the couple wrote over 100 chart hits in a vast range of styles, including the Chiffons' "One Fine Day," the Monkees' "Pleasant Valley Sunday," the Drifters' "Up on the Roof," the Cookies' "Chains" (later covered by the Beatles), Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman," and the Crystals' controversial "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)."

King also continued her attempts to mount a solo career, but scored only one hit, 1962's "It Might as Well Rain Until September." In the mid-'60s she, Goffin, and columnist Al Aronowitz founded their own short-lived label, Tomorrow Records; Charles Larkey, the bassist for the Tomorrow group the Myddle Class, eventually became King's second husband after her marriage to Goffin dissolved. She and Larkey later moved to the West Coast, where in 1968 they founded the City, a trio rounded out by New York musician Danny Kortchmar. The City recorded one LP, Now That Everything's Been Said, but did not tour due to King's stage fright; as a result, the album was a commercial failure, although it did feature songs later popularized by the Byrds ("Wasn't Born to Follow"), Blood, Sweat & Tears ("Hi-De-Ho"), and James Taylor ("You've Got a Friend").

Taylor and King ultimately became close friends, and he encouraged her to pursue a solo career. Released in 1970, Writer proved a false start, but in 1971 she released Tapestry, which stayed on the charts for over six years and was the best-selling album of the era. A quiet, reflective work that proved seminal in the development of the singer/songwriter genre, Tapestry also scored a pair of hit singles, "So Far Away" and the chart-topping "It's Too Late," whose flip side, "I Feel the Earth Move," garnered major airplay as well. Issued in 1971, Music also hit number one, and generated the hit "Sweet Seasons"; 1972's Rhymes & Reasons reached number two on the charts and 1974's Wrap Around Joy, which featured the hit "Jazzman," hit the number one spot.

In 1975, King and Goffin reunited to write Thoroughbred, which also featured contributions from James Taylor, David Crosby, and Graham Nash. After 1977's Simple Things, she mounted a tour with the backing group Navarro and married her frequent songwriting partner Rick Evers, who died a year later after a heroin overdose. Pearls, a collection of performances of songs written during her partnership with Goffin, was released in 1980 and was her last significant hit, and King soon moved to a tiny mountain village in Idaho, where she became active in the environmental movement. After 1983's Speeding Time, she took a six-year hiatus from recording before releasing City Streets, which featured guest Eric Clapton. In 2001, she returned with Love Makes the World, a self-released disc on her own Rockingale label. Four years passed before her next record, The Living Room Tour, a double-disc set documenting her intimate 2004-2005 tour that found her revisiting songs from throughout her career with only her piano and acoustic guitars as accompaniment.

King joined longtime friend James Taylor for a co-starring show at L.A.'s famed Troubadour venue in 2007, and the pair followed it with several more shows, resulting in the Live at the Troubadour release in 2010. King released her first ever Christmas album, A Holiday Carole, through the Hear Music/Concord Music Group on November 1, 2011. In 2013, King received a remarkable show business accolade -- her life became the basis for a Broadway musical, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which followed her professional and personal life in the '60s and '70s. The show opened on Broadway in January 2014, with a score dominated by King's hit songs, and an original cast album appeared the following May. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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t_heath
Where You Lead is awesome..... t h i s woman sure wrote a lot of music, and she is such a classy performer!!
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vstone5
It never gets old.... I will follow you! Thank you for your great music!
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Just great
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dragonlady60 8 8
Love carole
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JUST SAW THE BROADWAY SHOW BEAUTIFUL WHICH IS HER LIFE STORY.... A MUST TO SEE FOR FANS OF HER MUSIC
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doctor35mm
Can't be expressed better than christyaddre s s and darkknight put it. Every time I listen it just gets better and better. If you ever have the opportunity to see "Beautiful," the show about her and her music, run, don't walk to get tickets!
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In regard to Tapestry, Christryaddr e s s said it best. Front to back, one of the best pop albums ever produced. Just perfect.
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christyaddre s s
Tapestry is one of those rare albums that can be put on repeat and listened to over and over for hours.

Carole King is a blessing to all who love beautiful music that's beautifully written.
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Perfection. One of the most brilliant songwriters of all time. IMO, the single finest female songwriter ever. End of discussion.
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I love her
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One of the greatest female artist I every heard
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Love her
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dragonlady60 8 8
My song...
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wonderful, she always brings memorable moments
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its real
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i got to go right somemore.
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lalcantar51
Happy Birthday, Carole!! Love your music!
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ladybugc86
Ohhh the memories
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Flashback music, man ! I love it all. It always hits the heart.
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It takes me back to a time that life was a little less high tech and more laid back. Too bad we got into a rush with life.
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Here Tapestry album is classic.
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JAMES TAYLOR WHO? THE DIFFINATIVE VERSION IS COMPOSER'S
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Back in the 70s my babysitter that I had a big crush on LOVED my moms Carole King 8 track. I recently looked her up on Facebook and she listed Carole King as her favorite artist. I am so impressed at her consistency. . That's 40+ years of being a Carole King fan who I agree is wonderful.
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Carole King is a great singer/songw r i t e r . She has a beautiful voice and she has written many beautiful songs.
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This lady has but one contemporary when it comes to female songwriters. . . J o n i Mitchell is right up there with her.
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saw carole and james taylor in wooster mass together never forget
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dragonlady60 8 8
Carole ..!!!
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toddsliberto
Timeless!! Classic
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Carol King, so far away.
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will I still love you tomorrow--ye s , until the twelfth of never
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The first girl I ever really loved turned me on to Carole King. Seems so long ago now. She knows she'll always have a friend in me. You aways remember your first :-)
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Love her songs,might as rain until September is my favorite song of all time.
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alohakghi
Such a sweet, humble person.
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This song is genius...lov e it:)
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dragonlady60 8 8
SAW CAROE IN CONCERT YEARS AGO...SHE IS AMAZING
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dragonlady60 8 8
MY SONG FOR LAST RELATIONSHIP . . . S A D BUT TRUE....LOVE THIS SONG
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ws4v
One of my favorite album covers, too.
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The queen of songwriting.
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Good song!
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Carole King's Tapestry was the soundtrack to my first love !
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I love this song. I feel a bit sad right now, wish I could turn back the years....
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What about "Little Child of Mine"?
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Cricri
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Why can't we have music like this again love ya Carol king!!!! Your the bomb
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Why isn't 'Really Rosie' mentioned in the discog?
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She is awesome with so many talents .
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Tapestry is so good it sounds like she sat down on a Saturday afternoon and just played it all once that way.
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Will You Love Me Tomorrow is my fav.
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What can you say this is so much more than music it's a piece of my young adulthood
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One of the events of our times that was memorable was the release of this album and the great talent of CK.
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