Carole King Biography
Carole King (born February 9, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. She was most active as a singer during the first half of the 1970s, but she was a successful songwriter for considerably longer both before and after this period. Her 1971 album Tapestry is one of the best selling albums ever.
She will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
Born in 1942 in Brooklyn, New York, Carole Klein (as she was then known) started out playing the piano and 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, who dedicated "Oh, Carol", his first big hit, to her. She in turn wrote an answer song called "Oh Neil". While attending Queens College, King befriended Paul Simon 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 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, Laura Branigan, Little Eva, Roberta Flack, and King herself. Further hits written by the pair include "Take Good Care of My Baby" (Bobby Vee and later Dion, Bobby Vinton, Stephen Collins, and Smokie) "The Loco-Motion" (Little Eva, and later Grand Funk Railroad, Tina Turner, Kylie Minogue, and Dwight Yoakam), "One Fine Day" (The Chiffons and later Aaron Neville, Rita Coolidge, and Natalie Merchant as well as King herself, in 1980), "Pleasant Valley Sunday" (The Monkees), "Some Kind of Wonderful" (The Drifters version is not the same song as the Grand Funk Rairoad version), "Up on the Roof" (The Drifters, Laura Nyro, Billy Joe Royal, James Taylor, Neil Diamond, Peter Cincotti, and later King herself), "Chains" (The Cookies, and later The Beatles), "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (Aretha Franklin, and later Mary J. Blige, Laura Nyro, Patti LaBelle, Celine Dion, and King herself), "Don't Bring Me Down" (The Animals), "Wasn't Born to Follow" (The Byrds), "I'm into Something Good" (Ethel "Earl-Jean" McCrea of The Cookies, and then Herman's Hermits), "Go Away Little Girl" (Steve Lawrence), and "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)" (The Crystals). She had a modest hit singing one of her own songs in 1962 with "It Might As Well Rain Until September." The pair had two daughters, Louise Goffin and Sherry Goffin Kondor who also became singers. In 1965, Goffin and King wrote a spec theme to Sidney Sheldon's new television series, I Dream of Jeannie, but the song was rejected in favor of an instrumental theme by Hugo Montenegro. "I Feel The Earth Move" later also charted for Martika in 1989.