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Carole King

Birthdate: 9. February 1942

Carole King is an American singer-songwriter who has been active since 1958, initially as one of the staff songwriters at the Brill Building and later as a solo artist. She is the most successful female songwriter of the latter half of the 20th century in the US, having written or co-written 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100. King also wrote 61 hits that charted in the UK, making her the most successful female songwriter on the UK singles charts between 1952 and 2005.King's major success began in the 1960s when she and her first husband, Gerry Goffin, wrote more than two dozen chart hits, many of which have become standards, for numerous artists. She has continued writing for other artists since then. King's success as a performer in her own right did not come until the 1970s, when she sang her own songs, accompanying herself on the piano, in a series of albums and concerts. After experiencing commercial disappointment with her debut album Writer, King scored her breakthrough with the album Tapestry, which topped the U.S. album chart for 15 weeks in 1971 and remained on the charts for more than six years.King has made 25 solo albums, the most successful being Tapestry, which held the record for most weeks at No. 1 by a female artist for more than 20 years. Her record sales were estimated at more than 75 million copies worldwide. She 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 the recipient of the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the first woman to be so honored. She is also a 2015 Kennedy Center Honoree. Wikipedia

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A Natural Woman
A Natural Woman
Carole King

„I want to be your lover
But your friend is all I've stayed.
I'm only halfway to paradise,
So near, yet so far away.“

—  Carole King

Halfway to Paradise (1961), co-written with Gerry Goffin, first recorded by Tony Orlando, later by Billy Fury
Song lyrics, Singles

„I'm a songwriter first, have always been, and probably always will be.“

—  Carole King

As quoted in "Will you still love me tomorrow?" by Rachel Louis Snyder in Salon (19 June 1999) http://www.salon.com/people/feature/1999/06/19/king/index.html
Context: I'm a songwriter first, have always been, and probably always will be. Making the demo is a natural product of writing a song; after that, I'm happy to hear other people do it in other ways.

„The song is the center; the song is the key. If you don't have a good song you don't have anything by my value.“

—  Carole King

As quoted in "The King is Still Alive" in The Birmingham Post [England] (6 November 2001)

„One fine day, you'll look at me
And you will know our love was, meant to be.
One fine day, you're gonna want me for your girl.“

—  Carole King

One Fine Day (1963), Co-written with Gerry Goffin, recorded by The Chiffons
Song lyrics, Singles

„Hey girl I want you to know
I'm gonna miss you so much if you go.
And hey girl I tell you no lie,
Something deep inside of me's going to die
If you say so long, if this is goodbye.“

—  Carole King

Hey Girl (1963), Co-written with Freddie Scott and Gerry Goffin, recorded by Freddie Scott and Donny Osmond
Song lyrics, Singles

„Way over yonder, that's where I'm bound.“

—  Carole King

Way Over Yonder
Song lyrics, Tapestry (1971)

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„When you're down and troubled
And you need some loving care
And nothing, nothing is going right.
Close your eyes and think of me
And soon I will be there
To brighten up even your darkest nights.“

—  Carole King

You've Got a Friend · performance with James Taylor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4mNDS5rIRU · performance by James Taylor (1971) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7RPCFfudmU · performance with Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan & Shania Twain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJPgxEi2BM8 · Boston Strong performance with James Taylor (30 May 2013) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZI3kLrHK80
Song lyrics, Tapestry (1971)

„All you have to do is touch my hand
To show me you understand
And something happens to me.
That's some kind of wonderful.“

—  Carole King

Some Kind of Wonderful (1961), Co-written with Gerry Goffin, first recorded by The Drifters
Song lyrics, Singles

„I'll never let you see
The way my broken heart is hurting me.
I've got my pride and I know how to hide
All my sorrow and pain.
I'll do my crying in the rain.“

—  Carole King

Crying in the Rain (1962), Co-written with Howard Greenfield, first recorded by The Everly Brothers
Song lyrics, Singles

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