2. She had a #1 hit when she was a teenager. A TEENAGER.
The song was “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” by The Shirelles in 1961.
She wants her fellow artists to share the spotlight and have just as much success as her.
Carole with legendary backup singer Merry Clayton, working on “Oh No Not My Baby” in the studio (1972).
It was the greatest thing to ever happen in all of life, and it and showed just how loyal Carole King is when it comes to her friends in the music community.
James Taylor and Carole singing “You Can Close Your Eyes” from James’ Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon (1971).
12. Carole King’s 2012 memoir A Natural Woman isn’t a typical rock ‘n’ roll “tell-all” book — it’s a beautiful story weaved through significant moments and people, just like one of her songs.
“I began to dream of buying some land with a small house and a much larger organic garden than the plot I had tried to cultivate on Appian Way. I had the means and the freedom of workplace to make such a move, but I couldn’t find a way out” (pg .256, A Natural Woman).
13. Her music played a prominent role in the ’70s during the second wave of the Feminist Movement.
Just by expressing her thoughts and feelings through her music, she empowered so many women who were fighting for equality.
14. She sang the theme song for Gilmore Girls, “Where You Lead,” with her daughter Louise Goffin.
15. Carole King also composed the music for Maurice Sendak’s Really Rosie.
And played Rosie in the televised special in 1975.
16. She’s dynamite with just her voice and a piano. It’s an amazing performance when she has a band backing her up, but she proves she’s just as fierce and incredible without the bells and whistles.
“(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” Live at the BBC (1971).
19. She’s so amazing that there’s a new Broadway show about her life called Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
The show centers around Carole’s rise to fame as a songwriter in the ’60s through her solo success in the early ’70s. (Read more about the cast and show here)
But most importantly, she’s truly an incredible songwriter and musician. Here’s proof.
“Sweet Seasons” from Music (1971)