Carole King

  • Birth Name: Carol Joan Klein
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Lyricist, Composer, Actor
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  • Started playing the piano at the age of 4.
  • Formed first vocal quartet, the Co-Sines, while still in high school. 
  • Met future husband Gerry Goffin while attending Queens College; they formed a songwriting partnership and churned out more than 400 songs that have been recorded by more than 1000 artists.
  • Scored her first Top 10 hit in 1961, titled "It Might As Well Rain Until September," a tune cowritten with Goffin.
  • Released first album in 1970, titled Writer.
  • Her 1971 album Tapestry spawned several hits, including "I Feel the Earth Move," "So Far Away" and her own version of "You've Got a Friend."
  • In 1983, took a break from recording, moved to Idaho, and became an environmental activist; she returned to music six years later with City Streets. 
  • Appeared in a 1988 off-Broadway production of A Minor Incident.
  • With Goffin, was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
  • Released her first-ever holiday album, A Holiday Carole, in November 2011.
  • Published her memoir, A Natural Woman, in April 2012, and it made the New York Times best-sellers list.
  • Is an advocate and cofounder of the White Cloud Council, an environmental conservation group.


  • 1971, Grammy — Record of the Year: Winner
  • 1971, Grammy — Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1971, Grammy — Song of the Year: Winner
  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Music and Lyrics: Nominee
  • 1971, Grammy — Album of the Year: Winner
  • 2014, Grammy — Best Musical Theater Album: Winner


  • Gerry Goffin — Ex-husband
  • Rick Evers — Husband (deceased)
  • Molly Larkey — Daughter
  • Louise Goffin — Daughter
  • Eugenia Gingold — Mother
  • Sidney Klein — Father
  • Sherry Goffin Kondor — Daughter
  • Charles Larkey — Ex-husband
  • Levi Larkey — Son


  • Attended City University of New York, Queens College, Queens, New York, United States

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