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Carole King

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Carole King

American songwriter and singer-songwriter add

Category: Music

Born in 1942.

Countries: United States (67%), Idaho (7%), United Kingdom (5%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: James Taylor, Gerry Goffin, Danny Kortchmar

Linked to: Billboard, ABC Afterschool Special, James Madison High School, Queens College, New York




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Carole King was born in 1942 add something


She grew up in Brooklyn, learning the piano when four years old and in 1950, when eight, appearing on The Horn and Hardart Children's Hour with a school friend, performing "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake" add something


Ellie Greenwich - At the ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria, which was telecast on the Fuse TV cable network, Carole King inducted Greenwich, Barry, and other songwriting colleagues from the 1950s and early 1960s, including Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, Otis Blackwell , Mort Shuman and Jesse Stone


Cynthia Weil - At the ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria, which was telecast on the Fuse TV cable network, songwriter Carole King inducted Mann and Weil and other songwriting colleagues from the 1950s and early 1960s, including Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, Otis Blackwell , Mort Shuman, and Jesse Stone


Don Kirshner - Kirshner achieved his first major success in the late 1950s and early 1960s as co-owner of the influential New York-based publishing company Aldon Music with partner Al Nevins, which had under contract at various times several of the most important songwriters of the so-called "Brill Building" school, including Carole King, Gerry_Goffin, Neil Sedaka, Neil Diamond, Paul Simon, Phil Spector, Howard Greenfield, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and Jack Keller


Her first official recording was the promotional single "The Right Girl" released by ABC-Paramount in 1958, which she wrote and sung to an arrangement by Don Costa add something


When she was 17, they married in a Jewish ceremony on Long Island in August 1959 after King had become pregnant with her first daughter, Louise add something


Gerry Goffin - He married Carole King in August 1959 , and the husband-wife team pursued a successful songwriting career, notably as part of the famous Brill Building songwriting collective


She had her first number 1 hit as a songwriter in 1960 at age 18, with "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", which she wrote with Goffin add something


The single was not a success; however, after writing "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", which topped the American charts in 1960 in a recording by the Shirelles - becoming the first No.1 hit by a black girl group, Goffin and King gave up the daytime jobs in order to concentrate on writing add something


Rock music - Some of the most significant girl group hits were products of the Brill Building Sound, named after the block in New York where many songwriters were based, which included the number 1 hit for the Shirelles "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" in 1960, penned by the partnership of Gerry Goffin and Carole King


Howard Greenfield - As well, Greenfield's one and only collaboration with Aldon songwriter Carole King resulted in "Crying in the Rain", a top ten hit for the Everly Brothers in 1962


The Loco-Motion - "'The Loco-Motion"'" is a 1962 pop song written by American songwriters Gerry Goffin and Carole King


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


By 1968 Goffin and King were divorced and were starting to lose contact add something


The City produced one album, "Now That Everything's Been Said" in 1968, but King's reluctance to perform live meant sales were slow, and after a change of distributors it got deleted early, and the group disbanded in 1969 add something


Dusty Springfield - By 1968 Carole King, a songwriter whom Springfield had frequently tapped for material, had embarked on a solo singing career, while her relationship with the chart-peaking Bacharach-David partnership was floundering


Her main success as a performer was in the first half of the 1970s, when she would sing her own songs, accompanying herself on the piano, in a series of albums and concerts; she had, though, been a successful songwriter for a decade previous and has continued writing for others since add something


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


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


Danny Kortchmar - Kortchmar's work with singer-songwriters such as David Crosby, Carole King, Graham_Nash, Carly Simon and James Taylor helped define the signature sound of the singer-songwriter era of the 1970s


James Taylor - Taylor achieved his breakthrough in 1970 with the No. 3 single "Fire and Rain" and had his first No. 1 hit the following year with "You've Got a Friend", a recording of Carole King's classic song


James Taylor - Entitled "Sweet Baby James", and with the participation of Carole King, the album was released in February 1970 and was Taylor's critical and popular triumph, buoyed by the single "Fire and Rain", a song about Taylor's experience in psychiatric institutions and the suicide of his friend, Suzanne Schnerr


As a singer-songwriter, her "Tapestry" album topped the U.S. album chart for 15 weeks in 1971 and remained on the charts for more than six years add something


Helen Reddy covered two Carole King penned tunes: the first was "No Sad Song" in 1971; the second was "I Can't Hear You No More" in 1976 add something


King followed "Writer" in 1971 with "Tapestry", featuring recent solo compositions as well as reinterpretations of two Goffin-King songs, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and " A Natural Woman" add something


Most notably, "You've Got a Friend" was a smash No.1 hit for James Taylor in 1971 and a top 40 hit for Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway that same year add something


Streisand covered "No Easy Way Down" in 1971, "Beautiful" and "You've Got A Friend" in 1972, and "Being At War With Each Other" in 1974 add something


Merrilee Rush - In 1971, Rush signed with Scepter Records and released one single, a cover of the Carole King song, "Child Of Mine"


Gilmore Girls - Various musical acts make guest appearances on the show, from the Bangles, Sonic Youth, the Sparks and the Shins to Carole King, who re-recorded her 1971 song "Where You Lead" as a duet with her daughter Louise Goffin for the "Gilmore Girls" theme song


The Carpenters recorded King's "It's Going to Take Some Time" in 1972, and reached number 12 on the Billboard charts add something


The album was recorded in an overlap with Taylor's "Mud Slide Slim" on which King, Danny Kortchmar, and Joni Mitchell appeared as they did on "Tapestry", with both albums including "You've Got a Friend", which was a number 1 hit for Taylor; King said in a 1972 interview, that she "didn't write it with James or anybody really specifically in mind add something


The following week it rose to No.3 and finally to No.1 on January 1, 1972, staying there for three weeks add something


Lou Adler - He won two Grammy Awards in 1972 in the Record of the Year category for producing "It's Too Late" by Carole King and in the Album of the Year category for "Tapestry"


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


In September 1974, 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 add something


In 1975, 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 add something


Danny Kortchmar - He is featured on guitar on Carole King's 1975 album, "Thoroughbred"


King did a promotional tour for the album in 1976 add something


Ralph MacDonald - He is featured on percussion on George Benson's 1976 album, "Breezin"'; on percussion on Carole King's 1975 album, "Thoroughbred", and on Looking Glass's 1973 album "Subway Serenade"


After relocating to Idaho in 1977, King became involved in environmental issues add something


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


The album sold 44,000 copies in its first week in the US, landing at 17 on the Billboard 200, her highest-charting album since 1977 add something


James Taylor - After briefly working on Broadway, he took a one-year break, reappearing in the summer of 1979 with the cover-studded Platinum album "Flag", featuring a Top 30 version of Gerry Goffin and Carole King's "Up on the Roof"


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


In 1983, she played piano in "Chains and Things" on the B.B. King album "Why I Sing The Blues" add something


After a well-received concert tour in 1984, journalist Catherine Foster of the Christian Science Monitor dubbed King as "a Queen of Rock add something


The song had previously been recorded by Murray for her 1984 album "Heart Over Mind" add something


Also in 1985, she scored and performed the soundtrack to the Martin Ritt-directed movie "Murphy's Romance" add something


In 1985, she wrote and performed "Care-A-Lot", theme to "The Care Bears Movie" add something


In 1988, she starred in the off-Broadway production "A Minor Incident", and in 1994, she played Mrs Johnstone on Broadway in "Blood Brothers" add something


In 1989, she returned to Capitol Records and recorded "City Streets", with Eric Clapton on two tracks and Branford Marsalis on one, followed by "Color of Your Dreams" , with an appearance by Slash of Guns N' Roses add something


Martika had a number 25 hit in 1989 with her version of "I Feel the Earth Move", and "It's Too Late" reappeared on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1995 by Gloria Estefan add something


Richard Carpenter produced a version of "You've Got A Friend" with teen singer/actor Scott Grimes in 1989 add something


Since 1990, she has been working with the Alliance for the Wild Rockies and other groups towards passage of the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act add something


Gerry Goffin - He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 with former songwriting partner and first wife, Carole King


In 1991, she wrote with Mariah Carey the song "If It's Over", for Carey's second album "Emotions" add something


Her song, "Now and Forever", was in the opening credits to the 1992 movie "A League of Their Own", and was nominated for a Grammy award add something


Linda Ronstadt recorded a new version of "Oh No Not My Baby" in 1993 add something


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


In 1996, a film very loosely based on her life, "Grace of My Heart," was released add something


In 1996, she appeared in "Brighton Beach Memoirs" in Ireland, directed by Peter Sheridan add something


In 1996, she wrote "Wall Of Smiles / Torre De Marfil" with Soraya for her 1997 album of the same title add something


Celine Dion recorded King's song "The Reason" on her 1997 album "Let's Talk About Love" with Carole King singing backup and it became a million-seller and was certified Diamond in France add something


In 1997, King wrote and recorded backing vocals on "The Reason" for Celine Dion on her album "Let's Talk About Love" add something


In 1997, she co-wrote "The Reason", which was a hit for Celine Dion add something


In 1998, King wrote "Anyone at All", and performed it in "You've Got Mail", starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan add something


VH1 - In 1998, VH1 debuted the first annual "VH1 Divas" concert and featured the "divas" Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Shania Twain, Gloria Estefan and Celine Dion, and the "special guest" Carole King


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


In 2001, King appeared in a television ad for the Gap, with her daughter, Louise Goffin add something


She 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 add something


In 2003, she began campaigning for John Kerry, performing in private homes for caucus delegates during the Democratic primaries add something


Mandy Moore covered "I Feel the Earth Move" on her 2003 album, Coverage add something


King launched her Living Room Tour in July 2004 at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago add something


On July 29, 2004, she made a short speech and sang at the Democratic National Convention, about two hours before Kerry made his acceptance speech for the Democratic nomination for President add something


That show, along with shows at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles and the Cape Cod Melody Tent were recorded as "The Living Room Tour" in July 2005 add something


In August 2006 the album reentered the Billboard 200 at 151 add something


Dana Reeve - She appeared at Madison Square Garden on January 12, 2006, and sang the Carole King song "Now and Forever" in honor of New York Rangers hockey player Mark Messier, whose number was retired that evening


The pair had reunited two and a half years earlier in 2007 with the band they used in 1970 to mark the club's 50th anniversary add something


A DVD of the tour, called "Welcome to My Living Room", was released in October 2007 add something


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


Peter Asher - Asher reunited with James Taylor as the producer of the "Live at the Troubadour" reunion album recorded in 2007, with Carole King and Taylor's original band


In 2008, King appeared on the March 18 episode of "The Colbert Report", touching on her politics again add something


"Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon-and the Journey of a Generation" New York, Washington Square Press, 2008 add something


Micky Dolenz - In 2009, Micky inked a deal to record an album of the classic songs of Carole King, titled "King for a Day"


Former Monkee Micky Dolenz released "King for a Day", a tribute album consisting of songs written or co-written by King, in 2010 add something


In 2010, King and James Taylor staged their Troubadour Reunion Tour together, recalling the first time they played at The Troubadour, West Hollywood in 1970 add something


King herself doubted she would ever write another song and said that her 2010 Troubadour Reunion Tour with James Taylor was most likely the last tour of her life, saying that it "was a good way to go out add something


They enjoyed it so much that they decided to take the band on the road for 2010 add something


The first, released on April 27, 2010, "The Essential Carole King", is a two-disc compilation album add something


The second album was released on May 4, 2010 and is a collaboration of King and James Taylor called "Live at the Troubadour", which debuted at No.4 in the United States with sales of 78,000 copies add something, 3 June 2010 add something


On December 22, 2010, Carole King's mother, Eugenia Gingold, died in the Hospice Care unit at Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, Florida at the age of 94 add something


Russ Kunkel - In 2010 Kunkel joined the Troubadour Reunion Tour supporting James Taylor and Carole King


Kate Markowitz - In 2010 Markowitz joined the Troubadour Reunion Tour supporting James Taylor and Carole King


Arnold McCuller - In 2010 McCuller joined the Troubadour Reunion Tour supporting James Taylor and Carole King


Leland Sklar - In 2010 Sklar joined the Troubadour Reunion Tour supporting James Taylor and Carole King


Andrea Zonn - In 2010 Zonn joined the Troubadour Reunion Tour supporting James Taylor and Carole King


James Taylor - In March 2010 he commenced the Troubadour Reunion Tour with Carole King and members of his original band, including Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, and Danny Kortchmar


In the fall of 2011 she released "A Holiday Carole", which includes holiday standards and new songs written by her daughter Louise Goffin who is producer for the album add something


Gingold's passing was reported by the Miami Herald on January 1, 2011 add something


Carole campaigned for Idahoan Nicole Lefavour and Barack Obama in 2012 add something


In late 2012, The Library of Congress announced that Carole King had been named the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song - the first woman to receive the distinction given to songwriters for a body of work add something


Her autobiography "A Natural Woman: A Memoir" was published by Grand Central in the United States on April 10, 2012 add something


On Thursday, May 10, 2012, it was announced that Carole King was retiring from music and that her days in music have most likely ended add something


Early in December 2012, Carole received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame add something


When Kerry was named Secretary of State in 2013 she campaigned with US Representative Ed Markey, the Democratic nominee to succeed Kerry in a special election add something


King plans for an Australian tour in February 2013 add something


President and Mrs. Barack Obama hosted the Gershwin award concert at the White House May 22, 2013, when the President presented the Gershwin award to Carole King add something


In June 2013 she campaigned in Massachusetts for US Representative Ed Markey, the Democratic nominee in a special election for the US Senate to succeed John Kerry who had resigned to become Secretary of State add something


"Beautiful "is scheduled for a pre-Broadway run at The Curran Theatre in San Francisco in September-October of 2013, with previews on Broadway beginning November 21, 2013 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in New York City add something


Kelly Clarkson - On February 2013, she performed "Tennessee Waltz" and "Natural Woman" at the 55th Grammy *awards as a tribute to Patti Page and a homage to Carole King


Carole King will be honored as MusiCares Person of the Year in January 2014 add something


On October 6, 2014, she performed at a Democratic fundraiser at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, attended by Vice President Joe Biden add something


In December 2015, King was honored as a Kennedy Center Honoree add something


James H. Billington - Winners have included Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Carole King, Billy Joel, and just-named Willie Nelson for November 2015


Aretha Franklin - In December 2015 Franklin gave an acclaimed performance of " A Natural Woman" at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors during the section for honoree Carole King, who co-wrote the song


She was the headline performer at the British Summer Time Festival held Hyde Park, London on July 3, 2016, playing all of "Tapestry" add something


The recorded concert of Tapestry Live was broadcast on UK SkyArts TV in October 2016 add something


On January 21, 2017, King marched in the 2017 Women's March in Stanley, Idaho, carrying a sign that said "One Small Voice add something


In October 2018 she released a new version of her song, One. In her first new recording since 2011, King was inspired to re-write the lyrics to her song One as "One " to reflect her dream for America on November 6th: Love won add something


As of November 2018, King lives in Idaho add something