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    • On May 22, 2013, President Barak Obama presented Carole with the "Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song." King is the first woman to receive this honor. The even was celebrated with a concert featuring Carole's friends and admirers. The concert was broadcast on PBS as part of their In Performance at the White House series on May 28, 2013.

    • Carole was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 3, 2012

    • In May 2012 Carole was awarded the BMI Icon Award recognizing her influence on generations of musicians.

    • Carole's song So Far Away, was played at the funeral of singer Amy Winehouse.

    • Carole's mother, Eugenia Gingold, died in 2010 at the age of 94. Carole credits her mother as her first music teacher and acting coach. Eugenia (known as Genie) was an actress and director in local theaters in New York and South Florida. In her later years she wrote theater criticism as a member of the American Theater Critics Association.

    • In 2007 Carole reunited with old friend James Taylor at the 50th anniversary of West Hollywood's Troubadour nightclub, where they performed together early in their careers. This reunion performance sparked interest in a Troubadour Reunion tour in 2010. The pair kicked off the tour in Australia and Japan before beginning a multi-city U.S. tour.

    • In 2009 Carole appeared at a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer. Carole played piano and sang three songs from Tapestry despite having a broken ankle, received in a fall while walking her dog.

    • TV and movie director Joel Zwick was Carole's first boyfriend. He was a member of Carole's first singing group, the Co-Sines, whose name was inspired by the advanced math class they shared.

    • The photo used for the cover of Carole's Tapestry album was taken in the living room of her Laural Canyon, California, home. Her cat, Telemachus, is also in the photo.

    • Carole and her husband Gerry Goffin were signed by Aldon records as songwriters in 1958. They were recommended by fellow Aldon songwriter Neil Sedaka, whom they knew in high school. They and other songwriters of the era wrote light rock songs, poplular with teenagers, that became known as the Brill Building Sound.

    • Carole campaigned for Barack Obama during the 2008 election year.

    • In 2008, 37 years after it was original released, Carole's Tapestry album was rereleased as a deluxe double CD package. The second disk featured live performances of the Tapestry collection of songs.

    • The book, Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon--And the Journey of a Generation, by Sheila Weller, released in 2008, chronicles the lives and careers of these three music icons, as they represent women who came of age in the 1960s.

    • Carole King won four Grammy Awards in 1971: 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).

    • Now living in Idaho, USA, Carole is active in the movement to preserve the forest wilderness. She has appeared before Congress in support of the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA), also called the Rockies Prosperity Act.

    • Carole's song, "Now and Forever" from the film "A League of Their Own," was nominated for an Academy Award.

    • In 1994 Carole spent six months starring the in the Broadway production, "Blood Brothers."

    • Carole's third husband, Rick Evers, died of a heroine overdose in 1978.

    • The songwriting team of Carole King and Gerry Goffin were awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Academy of Songwriters in 1987 and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

    • Carole formed her first singing group, called The Co-Sines, while still in high school.

    • The first song that Carole and Gerry Goffin wrote that topped the charts was "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," sung by the Shirelles. The team had number one hits with "Take Good Care of My Baby," by Bobby Vee, and "The Locomotion," by Little Eva.

    • Neil Sedaka's 1959 hit song, "Oh! Carol" was written in honor of Carole King. Carole countered with her release, "Oh! Neil," but it was a flop.

    • Carole moved from California, USA to Ireland in the early 1990s.

    • King's album "Tapestry," has sold over 15 million copies worldwide.

    • Carole attended Queen's College in New York.

    • Carole started playing piano at the age of four.

    • After many of Carole's and Gerry's songs had become hits for other performers, "It Might as Well Rain Until September" was the first song Carole released as a singer.

    • Carole King, Gerry Goffin, and Neil Sedaka were friends and classmates in the same high school.

    • Carole has been married three times. Her first husband, Gerry Goffin, was also her co-writer for a number of hit songs. That marriage lasted from 1960 to 1968 and ended in divorce. They had two children. She married Charles Larkey in 1968 and divorced in 1976. They also had two children. Her last marriage, to Rick Evers, left her a widow in 1978.

    • Carole has one son, Levi, and three daughters: Louise, Molly and Sherry.

    • Carole King and her daughter, Louise Goffin, sing the theme song to Gilmore Girls.

  • Quotes

    • Carole King: (on her 2010 Troubadour Reunion tour with James Taylor) I was a little concerned about my vocal stamina, but that seems to be there. But it's a very high-energy show. I'm doing the Carole King earth-move workout out there.

    • Carole King: (on writing "You've Got a Friend") That song was as close to pure inspiration I've ever experienced. The song wrote itself. It was written by something outside of myself through me.

    • Carole King: (of her life in Idaho in 2009) When I wake up every morning, I smile and say, 'Thank you.' Because out of my window I can see the mountains, then go hiking with my dog and share her bounding joy in the world.

    • Carole King: Toni [Stern] was wonderful help with the transition from writing with Gerry [Goffin] to writing songs on my own. I didn't have the courage initially. James inspired me a lot. I write heavily under the influence of James Taylor.

    • Carole King: (speaking of politics) All issues are women's issues - because when momma's not happy, nobody's happy.

    • Carole King: (When asked about her daughter's start as a songwriter) I was raised to think I could do anything. Nobody ever told me you can't do it because you're a woman. But I hear from women in Louise's generation that I've made it easier for them. And that's nice.

    • Carole King: (on her music having an effect on people's lives) To have made a difference in small ways and large ways in people's lives. So many people come to me and say, "Oh, we conceived our child to 'Natural Woman'" or "'You've got a Friend' is so meaningful", or "We got divorced to 'It's Too Late' and it gave me comfort." That's meaningful to me.

    • Carole King: (on how the success of "Tapestry" changed her life) In a less immediate but ongoing way, which sort of led to my environmental activism, it opens doors and people who would normally not listen to the average person walking in with something to say, I got the door open. Then, of course, I always had to have something to say, and I did."

    • Carole King: (on her "Welcome to My Living Room" tour) Last year when I did this tour, I myself had a little trepidation whether [the concept] would work. And it did. I don't know how, except that... I made it feel like it was a living room and I was just speaking to a small collection of friends. The fact that it was a larger collection of friends didn't seem to deter anyone from getting into the spirit.