Carole King Biography and Wiki
Carole King Klein is a singer-songwriter from the United States who has been active since 1958, first as a member of the Brill Building’s staff songwriters and then as a solo performer. She is the most successful female songwriter in the United States during the second half of the twentieth century, having written or co-written 118 Billboard Hot 100 pop singles.
King was the most successful female songwriter on the UK singles charts between 1962 and 2005, with 61 chart-topping hits. King’s breakthrough came in the 1960s, when she and her first husband, Gerry Goffin, co-wrote more than two dozen chart singles for various musicians, several of which became standards.
Carole King Age, Birthday
King is 79 years old as of 2021. He was born on February 9, 1942, in New York City. She celebrates her birthday every February 9th.
Carole King Height and Weight
King stands at a height of 5 feet 6 inches with a moderate weight.
Carole King Parents and Siblings
Carole was born and raised in Manhattan, New York City by her mother, Eugenia, and father, Sidney N. Klein. Her parents met in a Brooklyn College elevator in 1936, where her father was studying chemistry and her mother was studying English and acting. They married in 1937, in the midst of the Great Depression.
Her mother dropped out of college to care for the family, and her father did the same, working as a radio announcer for a time. With the economy in shambles, he opted for a more secure career as a fireman. When she was born, her parents stayed in Brooklyn and were eventually able to purchase a tiny two-story duplex where they could rent out the upstairs for a profit.
Carole King Husband
King has been married four times. Her first husband Gerry Goffin was a musician and lyricist. She was later married to Charles Larkey from 1970 to 1976, Rick Evers from 1977 to 1978 when he died, and Rick Sorenson from 1982 to 1989. in her memoir, she wrote that her third husband Rick Evers physically abused her on a daily basis.
Carole King Children
Carole has four children from all her marriages. Her children include musicians Louise Goffin and Sherry Goffin Kondor, as well as artists Molly Larkey and Levi Larkey.
Carole King Net Worth
King has an estimated net worth of $70 million as of 2021.
Carole King Musician
Carole’s major music success began in the 1960s, when she and her first husband, Gerry Goffin, composed over two dozen chart songs for a variety of performers, many of which have become standards. Since then, she has continued to write for various artists.
King’s breakthrough as a solo singer did not occur until the 1970s when she released a series of recordings and shows in which she sang her own songs while accompanying herself on the piano. Following the financial failure of her debut album Writer, King found commercial success with Tapestry, which topped the US album chart for 15 weeks in 1971 and stayed there for more than six years.
King has released 25 solo albums, the most successful of which was Tapestry, which for more than 20 years held the record for most weeks at No. 1 by a female artist. More than 75 million copies of her records were sold globally, according to estimates. She is a four-time Grammy Award winner and a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
As a musician and songwriter, she has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice. She is the first woman to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress in 2013. She was also named a Kennedy Center Honoree in 2015.
Carole King Tapestry
Tapestry, King’s second studio album, was released on Ode Records in 1971 and produced by Lou Adler. It was her sophomore studio album. The album received 13 Platinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and is one of the best-selling albums of all time, selling over 25 million copies worldwide. It was nominated for four Grammy Awards in 1972, including Album of the Year.
“It’s Too Late” and “I Feel the Earth Move,” the album’s lead singles, spent five weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and Easy Listening charts, respectively. In Colin Larkin’s All-Time Top 1000 Albums in 2000, it was ranked 74th. Tapestry was ranked 25th on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 best albums of all time.
Carole King Songs and Albums
- Rhymes & Reasons
- Wrap Around Joy
- Really Rosie (soundtrack)
- Simple Things
- Her Greatest Hits: Songs of Long Ago (compilation)
- Welcome Home
- Touch the Sky
- Pearls: Songs of Goffin and King
- One to One
- Speeding Time
- City Streets
- Colour of Your Dreams