She fought her way into the record industry as a teenager and sold her first hit, ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’, when she was just seventeen. By the time she was twenty she was writing number ones for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll, including The Drifters, The Shirelles, Aretha Franklin and The Monkees. But her greatest challenge was to find her own voice and finally step into the spotlight.
BEAUTIFUL is the untold story of Carole King’s journey from schoolgirl to superstar. From her relationship with husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, to her remarkable rise to stardom.
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Carol Joan Klein (Carole King) is born
Carole King marries song-writing partner Gerry Goffin
Carole King and Gerry Goffin had their first number one hit with ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’, recorded by The Shirelles. The song was also the first number one hit by a black girl group.
King and Goffin are signed to Don Kirshner’s Aldon Music Empire based at 1650 Broadway, where they meet life-long friends, fellow song-writing team Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and write a string of classic hits for some of the biggest acts in rock n roll.
Bobby Vee reaches number one in the Billboard charts with ‘Take Good Care of My Baby’
Little Eva, King and Goffin’s former babysitter, reaches number one with ‘Locomotion’
The Monkees reach number three with King and Goffin penned hit ‘Pleasant Valley Sunday’
King and Goffin divorce. King moves to Laurel Canyon, LA, to further pursue her solo career alongside fellow musicians such as James Taylor and Joni Mitchell.
Carole King releases her first solo album, Writer, which peaked at number 84 in the Billboard charts.
Carole King meets artist and lyricist Toni Stern in LA, where they write the number one hit ‘It’s Too Late’
Carole King releases Tapestry, which held the Billboard number one for fifteen consecutive weeks, and remained on the charts for nearly six years. The album collected four Grammy Awards, including; Album of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
Goffin and King are inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
Goffin and King are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame