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Carole King

While the landmark Tapestry album earned her superstar status, singer/songwriter Carole King had already firmly established herself as one of pop music's most gifted and successful composers, with work recorded by everyone from the Beatles to Aretha Franklin. Born Carole Klein on February 9, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York, she began playing piano at the age of four, and formed her first band, the vocal quartet the Co-Sines, while in high school. A devotee of the composing team of Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller (the duo behind numerous hits for Elvis Presley, the Coasters, and Ben E. King), she became a fixture at influential DJ Alan Freed's local rock & roll shows; while attending Queens College, she fell in with budding songwriters Paul Simon and Neil Sedaka as well as Gerry Goffin, with whom she forged a writing partnership.

In 1959, Sedaka scored a hit with "Oh! Carol," written in her honor; King cut an answer record, "Oh! Neil," but it stiffed. She and Goffin, who eventually married, began writing under publishers Don Kirshner and Al Nevins in the famed pop songwriting house the Brill Building, where they worked alongside the likes of Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, and countless others. In 1961, Goffin and King scored their first hit with the Shirelles' chart-topping "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"; their next effort, Bobby Vee's "Take Good Care of My Baby," also hit number one, as did "The Loco-Motion," recorded by their babysitter, Little Eva. Together, the couple wrote over 100 chart hits in a vast range of styles, including the Chiffons' "One Fine Day," the Monkees' "Pleasant Valley Sunday," the Drifters' "Up on the Roof," the Cookies' "Chains" (later covered by the Beatles), Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman," and the Crystals' controversial "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)."

King also continued her attempts to mount a solo career, but scored only one hit, 1962's "It Might as Well Rain Until September." In the mid-'60s she, Goffin, and columnist Al Aronowitz founded their own short-lived label, Tomorrow Records; Charles Larkey, the bassist for the Tomorrow group the Myddle Class, eventually became King's second husband after her marriage to Goffin dissolved. She and Larkey later moved to the West Coast, where in 1968 they founded the City, a trio rounded out by New York musician Danny Kortchmar. The City recorded one LP, Now That Everything's Been Said, but did not tour due to King's stage fright; as a result, the album was a commercial failure, although it did feature songs later popularized by the Byrds ("Wasn't Born to Follow"), Blood, Sweat & Tears ("Hi-De-Ho"), and James Taylor ("You've Got a Friend").

Taylor and King ultimately became close friends, and he encouraged her to pursue a solo career. Released in 1970, Writer proved a false start, but in 1971 she released Tapestry, which stayed on the charts for over six years and was the best-selling album of the era. A quiet, reflective work that proved seminal in the development of the singer/songwriter genre, Tapestry also scored a pair of hit singles, "So Far Away" and the chart-topping "It's Too Late," whose flip side, "I Feel the Earth Move," garnered major airplay as well. Issued in 1971, Music also hit number one, and generated the hit "Sweet Seasons"; 1972's Rhymes & Reasons reached number two on the charts, and 1974's Wrap Around Joy, which featured the hit "Jazzman," hit the number one spot.

In 1975, King and Goffin reunited to write Thoroughbred, which also featured contributions from James Taylor, David Crosby, and Graham Nash. After 1977's Simple Things, she mounted a tour with the backing group Navarro and married her frequent songwriting partner Rick Evers, who died a year later of a heroin overdose. Pearls, a collection of performances of songs written during her partnership with Goffin, was released in 1980 and was her last significant hit, and King soon moved to a tiny mountain village in Idaho, where she became active in the environmental movement. After 1983's Speeding Time, she took a six-year hiatus from recording before releasing City Streets, which featured guest Eric Clapton. In 2001, she returned with Love Makes the World, a self-released disc on her own Rockingale label. Four years passed before her next record, The Living Room Tour, a double-disc set documenting her intimate 2004-2005 tour that found her revisiting songs from throughout her career with only her piano and acoustic guitars as accompaniment.

King joined longtime friend James Taylor for a co-starring show at L.A.'s famed Troubadour venue in 2007, and the pair followed it with several more shows, resulting in the Live at the Troubadour release in 2010. King released her first-ever Christmas album, A Holiday Carole, through the Hear Music/Concord Music Group on November 1, 2011. In 2013, King received a remarkable show business accolade -- her life became the basis for a Broadway musical, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which followed her professional and personal life in the '60s and '70s. The show opened on Broadway in January 2014, with a score dominated by King's hit songs, and an original cast album appeared the following May. The next year, King was a Kennedy Center Honoree, and in 2016 she played the entirety of Tapestry at the British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Love Makes The World

1. Love Makes The World

2. You Can Do Anything

3. The Reason

4. I Wasn't Gonna Fall In Love

5. I Don't Know

6. Oh No Not My Baby

7. It Could Have Been Anyone

8. Monday Without You

9. An Uncommon Love

10. You Will Find Me There

11. Safe Again

12. This Time

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Track List: Pearls: Songs Of Goffin & King

1. Dancin' With Tears In My Eyes

2. Locomotion

3. One Fine Day

4. Hey Girl

5. Snow Queen

6. Chains

7. Oh No Not My Baby

8. Hi De Ho

9. Wasn't Born To Follow

10. Goin' Back

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Track List: Carole King: Her Greatest Hits (Songs Of Long Ago)

1. Jazzman

2. So Far Away

3. Sweet Seasons

4. Brother, Brother

5. Only Love Is Real

6. I Feel The Earth Move

7. It's Too Late

8. Nightingale

9. Been To Canaan

10. Smackwater Jack

12. Believe In Humanity

14. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman

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Track List: Thoroughbred

1. So Many Ways

2. Daughter Of Light

3. High Out Of Time

4. Only Love Is Real

5. There's A Space Between Us

6. I'd Like To Know You Better

7. We All Have To Be Alone

8. Ambrosia

9. Still Here Thinking Of You

10. It's Gonna Work Out Fine

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Track List: Wrap Around Joy

1. Nightingale

2. Change In Mind, Change Of Heart

3. Jazzman

4. You Go Your Way, I'll Go Mine

5. You're Something New

6. We Are All In This Together

7. Wrap Around Joy

8. You Gentle Me

9. My Lovin Eyes

10. Sweet Adonis

11. A Night This Side Of Dying

12. The Best Is Yet To Come

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Track List: Fantasy

1. Fantasy Beginning

2. You've Been Around Too Long

3. Being At War With Each Other

4. Directions

5. That's How Things Go Down

6. Weekdays

7. Haywood

8. A Quiet Place to Live

9. Welfare Symphony

10. You Light Up My Life

11. Corazon

12. Believe In Humanity

13. Fantasy End

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Track List: Music

1. Brother, Brother

2. It's Going To Take Some Time

3. Sweet Seasons

4. Some Kind Of Wonderful

5. Surely

6. Carry Your Load

7. Music

8. Song Of Long Ago

9. Brighter

10. Growing Away From Me

11. Too Much Rain

12. Back To California

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Track List: Tapestry

1. I Feel The Earth Move

2. So Far Away

3. It's Too Late

4. Home Again

5. Beautiful

6. Way Over Yonder

7. You've Got A Friend

8. Where You Lead

9. Will You Love Me Tomorrow?

10. Smackwater Jack

11. Tapestry

12. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman

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Track List: I Believe In Loving You (Single)

1. I Believe In Loving You

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I love this song so, so soooooooo much this is how I feel about Marvin Pierre James
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In 1973, before attending Cal State Northridge in the Fall; Lucy and I bumped each other at a tire station in Hollywood (from the corner of my eye, i saw that she wasn't alone). So i asked lucy to come over to the side and said to her: I'm ready for you and i love you; with sadness in her eyes she said: IT'S TOO LATE. Those words shattered my heart and still resonate until this date when i hear Carol's song (BTW never saw her away).
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In 1973, before attending Cal State Northridge in the Fall; Lucy and I bumped each other at a tire station in Hollywood (from the corner of my eye, i saw that she wasn't alone). So i asked lucy to come over to the side and said to her: I'm ready for you and i love you; with sadness in her eyes she said: IT'S TOO LATE BABY. Those words shattered my heart and still resonate until this date when i hear Carol's song (BTW never saw her away).
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In 1973, before attending Cal State Northridge in the Fall; Lucy and I bumped each other at a tire station in Hollywood (from the corner of my eye, i saw that she wasn't alone). So i aked lucy to come over to the side and told her: I'm ready for you and i love you; but with sadness in her eyes she said: IT'S TOO LATE BABY. Those words shattered my heart and still resonate until this date when i hear Carol's song (BTW never saw her away).
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In 1973, before attending Cal State Northridge in the Fall; Lucy and I bumped each other at a tire station in Hollywood (from the corner of my eye, i saw that she wasn' alone). So i aked lucy to come over to the side and told her: I'm ready for you and i love you; but with sadness in her eyes she told me: IT'S TOO LATE. Those words shattered my heart and still resonate until this date (BTW never saw her away).
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In 1973, before going to Cal State Northridge in the Fall; Lucy and I bumped each other at a tire station in Hollywood (from the corner of my eye, i saw that she had company). So i aked lucy to come over to the side and told her: I'm ready for you and i love you; but with sadness in her eyes she told me: IT'S TOO LATE. Those words just shattered my heart and still resonate until this date (BTW never saw her away).
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In 1973, before going to Cal State Northridge in the Fall; Lucy and I bumped each other at a tire station in Hollywood (from the corner of my eye, i saw that she had company). So i aked lucy to come to the side and told her I'm ready for you and i love you; but with sadness in her eyes she told me: IT'S TOO LATE. Those words just shattered my heart and haven't gotten over it since then.
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where's the album Rhymes and Reasons?
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This version of It's Too Late is a remake, not the original 1971 recording from Tapestry
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Outstanding songwriter, performer
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My kind of man, who likes Carol King? What about Joni?
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DEDICATED TO BRUCE MAY U REST IN PEACE..LOVE AND MISS YOU XOXO
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Oh I almost forgot. Listen to the album Tapestry. It will turn u on!
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Love Carole King!
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i like all her songs ,she great but where is james taylor?
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Every music fan should have a copy of "Tapestry" in their collection!
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Love the song, So far away. It brings back memories of a boyfriend I had at that time and he lived, so far away. Last Friday he passed away and when I hear this song, I will always think of you!
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I dedicate this to my x...rip miss u...loved u...
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I can't fake it. Never did, never will.
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I love Carol King...takes me back.
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My ALL-TIME favorite! My son took me to see "Beautiful" for my 50th birthday. What an interesting life and amazing talent. Thank you!
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Wow every time I hear your songs takes me back to my home listening to your album over and over!! Great memories. Thanks!!!
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MY SISTER PLAYED HER ALBUM CONSTANTLY THEN I BECAME A BIG FAN ❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Love this song!
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What a long, brilliant career!! Goes back to tin pan alley... https://en.w i k i p e d i a . o r g / w i k i / B r i l l _ B u i l d i n g
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I experienced Beautiful on Broadway this past weekend. The story, the sets, the orchestra and the cast were tremendous. I'm back in love with Carole King!
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I grew up with Carol's Tapestry album, Carly Simon, & John Denver!
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Tapestry was her best album!! All the songs on this album are sweet!! Just light a doobie lay back and enjoy!!
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What great memories come when listening to this special lady sing
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MONTEREY BAY 1979
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I just can hide it, love going back with this memories
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dragonlady60 8 8
I SAW CAROLE IN CONCERT YEARS AGO...SHE IS AMAZING
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Great music
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The first time I heard this I was a little gurl and my parents were at the end and that was it !
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So far away...From Ludington... u n f o r g e t a b l e . . t r a v e l . . . .
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One of the all time great song writers
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Jams. Taylor. Hi. Tony.
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