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Carole King

Carole King
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Carole King Biography

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 in 1942 in Brooklyn, New York, Carol 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 in high school. While attending Queens College, King befriended Paul Simon, Neil Sedaka and Gerry Goffin. Read Full Bio >>

Carole King Trivia

  • Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (with Gerry Goffin) in 1990.
  • Ranked #10 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
  • Co-wrote two songs, "Let You Go" and "One More Time" with pop group Hanson in 2001. Neither of the 2 songs have ever been released by King, or Hanson.
  • 1 son and 3 daughters: Levi, Louise, Molly and Sherry
  • She is a composer-performer who wrote numerous hit songs for other performers before achieving fame on her own with the album "Tapestry" in 1971. Among her compositions during this early period, usually written in collaboration with her first husband Gerry Goffin, were "Take Good Care of My Baby," a number-one hit in 1961 for Bobby Vee, "Go Away, Little Girl," a number-one hit for both Steve Lawrence (1963) and Donny Osmond (1971), "The Loco-Motion," a number-one hit for both Little Eva (1963) and Grand Funk (1974), and "Pleasent Valley Sunday," a top-ten hit in 1967 for the Monkees. She herself had a top-twenty hit during this period, as well, 1961's "It Might As Well Rain Until September," also co-written with Goffin.

Carole King Photos

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    Carole King in Concert on NBC's Today Show at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City on November 22, 2011

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    Carole King Campaigns for Nevada Senator Harry Reid in Las Vegas on July 17, 2010

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    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Presents The 2010 Induction Ceremony Pressroom - March 15, 2010

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    2009 White House Correspondent Dinner-Red Carpet - Arrivals

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    Carole King speaks in a press conference before her concert.

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    Carole King in concert at Hard Rock Live

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