62 Facts About Carole King


Carole King Klein was born on Carol Joan Klein; February 9,1942 and is an American singer-songwriter and musician who has been active since 1958, initially as one of the staff songwriters at the Brill Building and later as a solo artist.


Widely regarded as a highly significant and influential musician, King is the most successful female songwriter of the latter half of the 20th century in the US, having written or co-written 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100.


Carole King wrote 61 hits that charted in the UK, making her the most successful female songwriter on the UK singles charts between 1962 and 2005.


Carole King has continued writing for other artists since then.


Carole King has made 25 solo albums, the most successful being Tapestry, which held the record for most weeks at No 1 by a female artist for more than 20 years.


Carole King has won four Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.


Carole King has been inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a performer and songwriter.


Carole King is the recipient of the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the first woman to be so honored.


Carole King's parents met in an elevator in 1936 at Brooklyn College, where her father was a chemistry major and her mother was an English and drama major.


Carole King's mother dropped out of college to run the household; her father quit college and briefly took a job as a radio announcer.


Carole King's mother had learned to play piano as a child, and after buying a piano, would sometimes practice.


When Carole King developed an insatiable curiosity about music from the time she was about three, her mother began teaching her basic piano skills, without giving her actual lessons.


When Carole King was four, her parents discovered she had absolute pitch, which enabled her to name a note correctly just by hearing it.


Carole King's mother began giving her real music lessons when she was four with Carole King climbing the stool, made higher still by a phone book.


Carole King began kindergarten when she was four, and after her first year she was promoted directly to second grade, showing an exceptional facility with words and numbers.


Carole King formed a band called the Co-Sines, changed her name from Carol Klein to Carole King, and made demo records with her friend Paul Simon for $25 a session.


Carole King attended Queens College, where she met Gerry Goffin, who was to become her songwriting partner.


When she was 17, they married in a Jewish ceremony on Long Island in August 1959 after Carole King became pregnant with her first daughter, Louise.


Carole King recorded a few follow-up singles in the wake of "September", but none of them sold much, and her already sporadic recording career was entirely abandoned by 1966.


Cleveland's WMMS played it every few weeks from 1981 to 1985, and the long-out-of-print LP became sought after by fans of Carole King who liked the edgy sound of the music.


Carole King made her first solo album, Writer, in 1970 for Lou Adler's Ode label, with Taylor playing acoustic guitar and providing backing vocals.


Carole King followed Writer in 1971 with Tapestry, which featured new compositions as well as reinterpretations of "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and " A Natural Woman".


The album garnered four Grammy Awards including Album of the Year; Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female; Record of the Year ; and Song of the Year, with Carole King becoming the first woman to win the award.


Carole King: Music was released in December 1971, certified gold on December 9,1971.


Carole King: Music stayed on the Billboard pop album charts for 44 weeks and was eventually certified platinum.


In 1973, Carole King performed a free concert in New York City's Central Park with 100,000 attending.


In September 1974, Carole King released her album Wrap Around Joy, which was certified gold on October 16,1974, and entered the top ten at 7 on October 19,1974.


In 1975, Carole King scored songs for the animated TV production of Maurice Sendak's Really Rosie, released as an album by the same name, with lyrics by Sendak.


In 1977, Carole King collaborated with another songwriter, Rick Evers, on Simple Things, the first release with a new label distributed by Capitol Records.


Carole King moved to Atlantic Records for One to One, and Speeding Time in 1983, which was a reunion with Tapestry-era producer Lou Adler.


Carole King made a cameo appearance in the film as Tillie, a town hall employee.


In 2000, Carole King was asked to record a version of her hit song "Where You Lead" as the theme song for the show Gilmore Girls.


Carole King rewrote a few lyrics to fit the mother-daughter story.


Carole King rarely performed the song after its original release due to the rise in the Women's liberation movement and falling out of favor of the sentiment behind the lyrics.


In 2001, Carole King appeared in a television ad for the Gap with her daughter.


Carole King performed a new song, "Love Makes the World", which became a title track for her studio album in autumn 2001 on her own label, Rockingale, distributed by Koch Records.


Also in 2001, Carole King composed a song for All About Chemistry album by Semisonic, with the band's frontman Dan Wilson.


Carole King launched her Living Room Tour in July 2004 at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.


In November 2007, King toured Japan with Mary J Blige and Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas.


Japanese record labels Sony and Victor reissued most of Carole King's albums, including the works from the late 1970s previously unavailable on compact disc.


Carole King played piano and Taylor guitar on each other's songs, and they sang together some of the numbers they were both associated with.


The first, released in April 2010, The Essential Carole King, was a compilation album of King's work and artists covering her songs.


Carole King campaigned for Idahoan Nicole LeFavour and Barack Obama in 2012.


Early in December 2012, Carole King received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Carole King has been one of the most influential songwriters of our time.


In May 2013 Carole King received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music.


Carole King was honored as MusiCares Person of the Year in January 2014.


In 2016, Carole King was the headline performer at the British Summer Time Festival held in Hyde Park, London on July 3,2016, playing all of Tapestry live for the first time.


In October 2018, Carole King released a new version of her song, "One".


Carole King later made three appearances as guest star on the TV series Gilmore Girls as Sophie, the owner of the Stars Hollow music store.


Carole King reprised the role in the 2016 Gilmore girls Netflix revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.


Carole King appeared as Mrs Johnstone as a replacement in the original Broadway production of Blood Brothers.


Carole King has been married four times, to Gerry Goffin, Charles Larkey, Rick Evers, and Rick Sorenson.


Carole King's children are musicians Louise Goffin and Sherry Goffin Kondor, artist Molly Larkey and Levi Larkey.


Carole King has testified on Capitol Hill three times on behalf of NREPA: in 1994,2007 and again in 2009.


Carole King is politically active in the United States Democratic Party.


Carole King continued her support of Kerry throughout the general election.


In 2008, Carole King appeared on the March 18 episode of The Colbert Report, touching on her politics again.


Carole King said she was supporting Hillary Clinton, and said the choice had nothing to do with gender.


Carole King said she would have no issues if Barack Obama won the election.


The album includes "Sometime in the Morning", a Carole King-penned song originally recorded by the Monkees in 1967.


Many other cover versions of Carole King's work have appeared over the years.