A Brief Biography Of Carole King

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Being the most successful female songwriter of the latter half of the 20th century, Carole King was one of the greatest and most successful songwriters the music world has seen. King wrote an astounding twenty-five solo albums over her career and wrote and co-wrote a phenomenal 118 pop hits that made the Billboard Hot 100. Her contribution to music was enormous and has been recognised globally with an extensive list of awards and achievements to her name. Carole’s writing is honest and her song writing is reflective of the events she went through in her life and the raw feelings she felt, making it so relatable for her listeners. Aside from the limelight, her own personal life which she hid as much as possible, is as interesting as her songs. Carol Joan Klein was born 9th February 1942 in Manhattan, New York. As an ambitious fifteen-year old, King began composing, arranging, singing and playing in multiple bands and vocal ensembles. Before we knew Carole as an artist, we definitely knew her music. From a young age, King was always interested in creating her own songs and the musical elements in pieces that supported the lyrical content. Her song writing began at an early age from tinkling on the piano whenever she could and working with her friends and family. She began her professional career at the age of sixteen, changed her stage name to “King” and started taking her compositions to publishing houses and selling them. Throughout high school and college in New York, she met and worked with future songwriters such as Paul Simon, Neil Sedaka and Gerry Goffin. She even briefly dated Neil who wrote a hit song about King named “Oh Carol!”. Referring to when he dated Carol Klein a few years back. King worked with many soon to be i... ... middle of paper ... ...ral Woman” at A&M Studios in Los Angeles as King was scared of the Gerry related feelings it may bring up. As New York Times writer Ben Brantley puts it, the musical shows the “real, conflicted person within the reluctant star.” Beautiful is currently playing in West End, Broadway and opening in Sydney with an Australian cast in September 2017. In summary, Carole King was an outstanding contribution to music across her career of over fifty years and counting. Her twenty-five solo albums showcase her ongoing success from the moment she decided music is what she wanted to do. King’s songs influenced a generation and her songs will forever be known, whether she ever sang them or not. One of her famed quotes and lyrics perfectly summarise the life and career she lived: “My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue, an everlasting vision of the ever-changing view.”

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