Full Name: Carol Joan Klien
Birthdate: February 9, 1942
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York
Known for: Singing and Songwriting
Family: Sidney (Father), Eugenia (Mother)
Carol King, formerly Carol Joan Klien, is a singer and a known female songwriter. She is an American music idol that has successfully written many hit songs. Let’s consider Carol King’s biography. Carol King was given birth to on February 9, 1942, in Manhattan, New York. Her father, Sidney, was a firefighter while her mother, Eugenia, was a teacher.
She has been tagged as the most prosperous female composer of the latter part of the 20th century in the United States. She was also the most prosperous female songsmith in the United Kingdom between 1962 and 2005.
Carol has been active in the music world since 1958. Carol King’s music career began at an early age when her mother Eugenia began teaching her how to play the piano. She developed her skills rapidly to the extent that she was able to name a pitch note correctly when she was four.
Carol Klien went to James Madison High School and formed a band that is called the Co-Sines, after which she changed her name to Carol King. After that, she attended Queens College in New York, where she formed a friendship with three famous songwriters like herself.
In 1959, Carol King married Gerry Goffin when she turned 17. The two met when she was studying at Queens College, and they became partners and wrote songs together. They both wrote popular songs that won many awards. Also, they both received the Grammy Trustee Award.
They divorced, and Carol remarried in 1970 to Charles Larkey. The relationship ended in 1976 with a divorce. Carol married Rick Evers in 1977 and remarried Rick Sorenson in 1982 when Rick Evers died. She divorced Rock Sorenson in 1989 and have been single and living happily since then. She has four children.
In 1958 Carol King’s first official recording “The Right Girl” was released by ABC Paramount. Also, Carol King wrote her first hit “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” when she was 17 years old, and she has been regarded and applauded as an iconic singer of all time.
Carol King’s success story began in 1960 when she and her husband wrote many songs and made many hits. Later, in 1970, King sang her own song and made a series of albums herself. In September 1974, Carol King released her album ‘Wrap Around Joy’ The album spawned two hits.
She made her first solo titled “Baby Sittin” in 1960. Two years after that, her song “It Might As Well Rain Until September” was rated number 3, out of the top 25, in the United States of America.
In 1971, Carol King’s album Tapestry took her to the peak of her career. Carol sold more than 25 million units of Tapestry worldwide. Tapestry won her four Grammy, and it remained the best-selling album ever made by a female artist for 25 years.
In 1998, Tapestry was enlisted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Carol King has written on her own or with others over 400 songs that have been recorded widely. Aside from Tapestry, Carol King’s other songs have won many awards.
Her song “It’s Too Late” won the record of the year in 1972, the same year that Tapestry received the Album of the Year award. Also, “You’ve Got A Friend” won an award for the song of the year in 1972.
In addition, Carol King’s “Tapestry” won her the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance award. In 2004, she was honored by the Grammy Trustees Award, and in 2013, she was honored for Lifetime Achievement.
Also, in 2014, her song ‘Beautiful’ won the best musical theater award. She has written other popular hits with Goffin like ‘Take Good Care of My Bab’, ‘Up the Roof’, ‘Chain’, ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’.
In 1987 she was inducted into the Songwriter Hall of Fame along with her former husband, Goffin. They both received the National Academy of Songwriter Lifetime Achievement Award in 1988.
Carol King, in 1990, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her numerous songwriting achievements. In 2002, Carol was awarded the “Johnny Mercer Award” by the Songwriter Hall of Fame. Also, she received the Gershwin Prize in 2013.
After that, King and Goffin were awarded the Grammy Trustees Award, and she was then inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
In 2011, Carol released A Holiday Carole, which includes songs written by her daughter Louise Goffin and produced the album with her. “A Holiday Carole” obtained a Grammy selection for Best Traditional Pop Album.
Carol King was given the 2,486th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012, and in 2013, she was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.