Carole King: The Woman, The Musician, The Legend
BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
Beyond being an uplifting tribute to a living music legend, Beautiful—which took home two Tony Awards® in 2014 and one GRAMMY® in 2015—gives us a look into the life, journey, and legacy of one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the twentieth century. Check out more fun facts about King, below:
At James Madison High School, Carol Klein changed her name to Carole King and made demo records with her then-friend Paul Simon–the future Simon of Simon and Garfunkel.
- At Queens College, King met Gerry Goffin, who became her song-writing partner. Their hits included:
- “Take Good Care of My Baby” for Bobby Vee
- “Chains,” covered by the Beatles
- “Pleasant Valley Sunday” for the Monkees
- “The Loco-Motion” for Little Eva
- “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” for Aretha Franklin
- King recorded “It Might As Well Rain Until September” herself. This was her only hit during the 1960s.
- King collaborated with James Taylor on “You’ve Got a Friend” –a #1 when Taylor performed it. When asked if she wrote the song about her collaborator, King explained, “I wasn’t writing for him… but his voice was in my brain, and he had such a profound influence on my writing.”
- In 1971, Carole King released Tapestry. The album was #1 on the Billboard Charts for 15 weeks and remained on the list for more than six years.
- Later in her career, King collaborated with music legends such as Joni Mitchell, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Branford Marsalis.
- In 1997, King co-wrote “The Reason,” a hit for Celine Dion.
- On NPR, King told Fresh Air’s Terry Gross that she was often seen as “cute” and “music became a way of identifying [a] particular niche.”
- In addition to being awarded six GRAMMYs—including the 2013 GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award—King is a recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize as well as a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Come see and experience Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at the SHN Orpheum Theatre, now playing through September 18. Get your tickets today at shnsf.com!