kids encyclopedia robot

Carole King facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Carole King
A smiling blond woman in a blue top
King at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December 2012
Carol Joan Klein

February 9, 1942 (1942-02-09) (age 79)
Nationality American
Alma mater Queens College
Occupation Singer-songwriter
Years active 1958–present
Gerry Goffin
(m. 1959; div. 1968)

Charles Larkey
(m. 1970; div. 1976)

Rick Evers
(m. 1977; died 1978)

Rick Sorenson
(m. 1982; div. 1989)
Children 4, including Louise Goffin and Molly Larkey
Musical career
  • Piano
  • guitar
  • vocals
Associated acts
Carole King signature.png

Carole King (born February 9, 1942) is an American songwriter, and singer-songwriter. King and her writing partner Gerry Goffin wrote over twenty songs that became chart hits. Many different artists recorded her songs in the 1960s. In 1971 she wrote and recorded the album Tapestry. This became very successful, and topped the U.S. album chart for 15 weeks. It is one of the best selling albums of all time.

King was born on Manhattan. She grew up in Brooklyn. She had her first No. 1 hit as a songwriter in 1961, with "Will You Love Me Tomorrow."

In 2000, Joel Whitburn, who writes for Billboard Magazine, named her the most successful female songwriter of 1955-99, because she wrote or co-wrote 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

King made 25 solo albums. The album that people liked best was Tapestry. Her most recent album is Live at the Troubadour, which she made with James Taylor. This album was #4 on the charts in its first week, and has sold over 400,000 copies.

She has won four Grammy Awards and was inducted into (joined) the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her songwriting. In 2009, Carole King was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. Of all the albums made by women ever, Tapestry stayed on the charts for the longest time, and was the best-selling album for the longest time.

Personal life and family

King has been married four times, to Gerry Goffin, Charles Larkey, Rick Evers, and Rick Sorenson.

Her children are musicians Louise Goffin and Sherry Goffin Kondor, artist Molly Larkey, and Levi Larkey.

As of November 2018, King lives in Idaho.

Images for kids

kids search engine
Carole King Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.