Carole King

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Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

Carole Klein, 9 February 1942, Brooklyn, New York, USA. A proficient pianist from the age of four, King was a prolific songwriter by her early teens. When friend and neighbour Neil Sedaka embarked on his recording career, she followed him into the New York milieu, recording demos, singing back-up and even helping arrange occasional sessions. As a student at Queen’s College, New York, she met future partner and husband Gerry Goffin whose lyrical gifts matched King’s grasp of melody. She completed a handful of singles, including ‘The Right Girl’ (1958), ‘Baby Sittin’’, ‘Queen Of The Beach’ (1959), prior to recording ‘Oh Neil’ (1960), a riposte to Sedaka’s ‘Oh Carol’. Although not a hit, her record impressed publishing magnate Don Kirshner, who signed the Goffin/King team to his Aldon Music empire. They scored notable early success with the Shirelles (‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’),...

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