Carole King - Did You Know?

Carole King - Did You Know?May 3, 2019

Music facts, music trivia, interesting stories and much more. Introducing the "Did You Know" page about American singer and songwriter, Carole King.




Carole King (real name: Carol Joan Klein) is an American singer and songwriter from New York, who has been active since 1958.

She met her first husband, Gerry Goffin, at Queens College in New York. The two became songwriting partners, writing in The Brill Building for Aldon Music. They wrote hits for some of the biggest names of the day: The Shirelles, The Byrds, Herman's Hermits and The Animals.

Carole King is the most successful female songwriter of the latter half of the 20th century in the US. She has written or co-written no less than 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100 between the years 1955-1999. She also wrote 61 hits that made it to the UK chart, which makes King the most successful female songwriter on the UK singles charts between the years  1952-2005.

But, Carole King is also a singer and not only a songwriter. However, Did you know that she has stage fright? This is true, and because of this stage fright, she never toured with one of her bands, The City, and that probably explains the flop of the band's 1968 album.

Carole King has made 25 solo albums, with the album Tapestry being her most successful one, which held the record for most weeks at the top of the chart by a female artist for more than 20 years.

King has won four Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her songwriting. She is also the recipient of the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. She is also a 2015 Kennedy Center Honoree.

Overall, it is estimated that King has sold over 75 million copies all over the world.

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