In preparation for our upcoming engagement of Beautiful the Carole King Musical, we thought we would share some interesting facts about Carole King. Did you know Carole King has written over 100 pop hits? She may not have lent her voice to all of them, but King has written or co-written more hits than we can count on our fingers and toes. We will sprinkle some of those famous songs throughout this blog among all of the other really cool facts about her.
She had her first #1 hit at age 18. Carole King co-wrote “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” for The Shirelles when you were still struggling over what to major in in college.
Her birth name is Carole Klein. She has played the piano since she was 4 years old.
While she was a student at Brooklyn high school, she dated Neil Sedaka, who was in a band called The Tokens. Soon after, she formed her own group called the Co-sines and took the professional name Carole King.
Her 1971 Tapestry album was the best-selling album ever until 1978 when Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours outsold it.
Tapestry was number 1 on the Billboard 200 for 15 consecutive weeks, and held the record for most weeks at number 1 by a female solo artist for over 20 years until surpassed by Whitney Houston’s The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album in 1993.
Carole King was the first woman to win Song of The Year Award in 1972 for “You’ve Got A Friend,” a jam that she performed with James Taylor.
Carole didn’t always have a way with words. King has said that words didn’t always come as easily when she was a teen, calling herself “lyrically challenged.” She said that the true magic started happening when she met lyricist and future ex-husband Gerry Goffin at college in New York.
She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 1987.
King acted on Broadway in 1994 for the first time, taking over for Petula Clark in Bloodbrothers.
Carole King was a “Gilmore Girl”. Not only did King co-pen the theme song for the early ’00s show, “Where You Lead (I Will Follow)” — sung by daughter Louise — she also appeared on “Gilmore Girls” as the cranky owner of a Stars Hollow music store.
Carole has won 4 Grammy Awards. Record of the Year for “It’s Too Late”, Album of the Year for “Tapestry”, Song of The Year for “You’ve Got a Friend” and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for “Tapestry”.
Beautiful The Carole King Musical won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album
Carole’s song “Now and Forever” from the movie A League of Their Own received an Academy Award Nomination for Best Song.