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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 Locomotion," 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 after 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. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Living Room Tour

Disc 1

1. Welcome To My Living Room (Live)

2. Peace In The Valley (Live)

3. Love Makes The World (Live)

4. Now And Forever (Live)

5. Where You Lead I Will Follow (feat. Louise Goffin) (Live)

6. Lay Down My Life (Live)

7. Jazzman (Live)

8. Smackwater Jack (Live)

9. Wishful Thinking (Live)

10. Medley: Take Good Care Of My Baby, It MIght As Well Rain Until September, Go Away Little Girl, I'm Into Something Good, Hey Girl, One Fine Day, Will You Love Me Tomorrow (Live)

Disc 2

1. Loving You Forever (feat. Gary Burr)

2. It's Too Late (Live)

3. So Far Away (Live)

4. Sweet Seasons (Live)

5. Chains (Live)

6. Pleasant Valley Sunday (Live)

7. Being At War With Each Other (Live)

8. I Feel The Earth Move (Live)

9. (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman (Live)

10. You've Got A Friend (Live)

11. Locomotion (Live)

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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

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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❤❤❤❤❤
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Jams. Taylor. Hi. Tony.
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johnmargie6
There are no words to describe this artist! Other than the best.
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Like the way Ms Streisand sings this as well!
No one like Ms King though!
Pure talent
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carolbeelynx
Takes me right back to the Bay area in the 60s and 70s. Lordi, I loved that time!!
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play here in VEGAS SOON...
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You couldn't turn on a radio the summer of 1971 without hearing a song from Carole King's Tapestry album. She was already legendary as a songwriter by that time, that album cemented her legacy as a performer as well.
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Contact ms touché at 229 421 1234. She has a gift of song writing instantly. You can pull her up on Facebook. Judy touchet. She needs your help. She has a gift over 50000 songs
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The war of word headquarters
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Love Carole King!! just a side comment, last night on The Voice auditions this girl sang this song!! I almost fell off my chair!! She was just divine!! I wish some of these contestants would look back on these classics, they would be surprised to see how well it goes with the judges and the public! Everyone wants to be Adele or Ed Sheeran...
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This is my favorite album of all time, still
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It's too late.
Carole King...
classic song brings back memories.
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It's too late. What a song
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aestrada223
Carol's Jazzman was the song that reminds me of being with Carolyn B. in 1974. Carolyn, I'm so sorry if I hurt you and hope that I can see you when I come back for my 40th class reunion. Just to say how much of a privilege it was to date you.
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classics to sooth the soul ;))
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It's Too Late - one of those songs you love to listen to when no one is around ....
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hlore58
:))
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i no longer go to bars to sing kakeoke, but, my neighbors all know I sing Carole King.
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OH MY SONG. MY KAREOKE SONG
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aestrada223
Whenever I hear Jazz Man it takes my mind to the time I was with Carolyn B. She was and probably is still gorgeous. Carolyn, sorry for being a letdown. Some days, I sit and wonder, what if?
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It was good to see Ms. King finally get the nod from the Kennedy Center.
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You take me way back...Good music & Simple living��
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OH yes FANTASTIC, Who couldn't make love to this SONG.
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My favorite girl to sing with! Always loved her..
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tricio112
Great artist!
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I wish it wasn't too late ...
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Legendary King of Soul
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hlore58
Great song...back when there were real lyrics and romance was the center of most songs....unl i k e NOW. YOU BECOME WHAT YOU BEHOLD.
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Classic it never gets old!
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Brings back memories . Album came out when I was in high school.
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oh my god this awesome
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She is a national treasure~
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Saw the musical Beautiful last night for the second time--excell e n t !!
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I've enjoyed her music since I was a teenager...w i s h I could hear her music more often...
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Wish they still made music like this!! Song is great!!
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love it brings back mucho memories
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Jazz man please
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LOVE HER MUSIC !!! JAZZMAN IS MY FAVORITE....
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mike86250r
I know
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I feel the earth move!!
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Just saw Beautiful last night. AWESOME Tapestry was my first album :)
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awesomeness!
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krypton1
What can you say about her that no one else has. She is fantastic I seen her in the 80s at the florida sun festival. I was never so angry at a crowd like I was that day. Those a**holes made her cry on stage. I will never forget that. She wanted to play some new music and no one would let her. Every time she would try to play a new song they would boo her. All they kept doing was chanting tapestry tapestry. She stopped the concert and begged the crowd to listen to her new stuff she told them she
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What a talent. Thank you Tapestry lady.
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All of songs on this Album are excellent
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This Lady sings--n sings--I love her
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dyj54
One of my all time favorite albums!!!
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One of the best albums of all time... If you don't agree.... You're a martian
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Oh the memories....
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