Carole King

Carol Klein was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 9, 1942.  At James Madison High School, she played piano and formed a girl group called the Co-Sines.  At Queens College, Carole met Paul Simon, Gerry Goffin and Neil Sedaka (inspiring Sedaka’s 1959 hit “Oh Carol”).  She married Goffin and in 1960 the two wrote their first of many hits together, The Shirelles’ chart-topping  “Will You Love Me Tomorrow.”  Others included Bobby Vee’s “Take Good Care Of My Baby” in 1961, Little Eva’s “The Locomotion” in 1962 and Steve Lawrence’s “Go Away Little Girl,” The Chiffons’ “One Fine Day” and The Drifters’ “Up on the Roof,” in 1963. In 1967 the much sought after song writing team delivered “Pleasant Valley Sunday” for The Monkees and “A Natural Woman” for the queen of soul, Aretha Franklin.

In 1962, “It Might As Well Rain Until September” introduced Carole as a solo artist, though it was in 1971 her Tapestry album, selling more than 20 million copies featured four major hits: “It’s Too Late,” “I Feel The Earth Move,” “So Far Away” and “Smackwater Jack.”

After that the hits just kept on coming: “Sweet Seasons” in 1972, “Jazzman” in 1974, “Nightingale” in 1975 and “One Fine Day” in 1980 kept Carole King on the Hit Parade.

Carole has won four Grammy Awards, was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2009, Carole was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.