Carole King – Biography
Born in February 9, 1942, Carole King’s full and real name is Carol Joan Klein. She grew up in Brooklyn where she learned the piano, then began singing with a vocal quartet called the Co-Sines at James Madison High School. She took the stage name of King in hope of a successful entertainment career.
Carol King attended Queens College with Neil Sedaka who was her boyfriend back then and the relationship inspired Sedaka to write the hit song, “Oh Carol”. In college, Carole King also befriended Paul Simon and Gerry Goffin, whom she later married and bored him 2 daughters. Together, they wrote more than two dozen chart hits for numerous artists during the 1960s.
In 1971, her singing career took off with her album, Tapestry which topped the U.S. album chart for 15 weeks and remained on the charts for more than six years.
Besides the hugely successful Tapestry, Carole King made 25 other solo albums. Collaborating with James Taylor, she released a non-compilation album is “Live at the Troubadour” and in it’s first week of release, the album reached number 4 on the charts. The album sold more than 600,000 copies.
Carole King won 4 Grammy awards and for her song writing talents, she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her Tapestry album holds the envious record for the longest time an album by a solo female artist remained at number one. The record was eventually beaten by Whitney Houston for the album The Bodyguard, and later by Adele for the album 21.