Who is Carole King and what is her net worth 2018? While talking about the versatile women in the field of music, Carole King is the name that strikes us first. She is an American citizen having highly versatile portfolio in the field of music. She is not only an accomplished pop singer but also a composer and highly acclaimed song writer.
In the latter half of 20th Century, Carole is considered as the most successful female song writer having written 118 pop hits in USA and 61 songs that became a hit in UK. She started writing songs in 1960s and started singing her own songs from 1970s. This brought her huge success.
Her path breaking album Tapestry topped the charts in 1971 and brought Carole a lot of fame and recognition. Carole is a recipient of various awards with four of them being Grammy Awards.
Carol Joan Klein famously known as Carole King was born on 9th February, 1942 in Manhattan. She was born in a Jewish family with her mother, Eugenia being a teacher and her father, Sidney N. Klein being a fire fighter for the New York City Fire Department. Carole did her schooling from James Madison High School and went on to pursue her graduation from Queens College.
However, after getting pregnant with her first daughter, Carole dropped out of college and took up part time job. Carole and her husband Goffin, used to write songs in the evening and eventually after the success of their songs became full time song writers.
Carole King has had four marriages. Her first husband was Gerry Goffin whom she married at the age of 17 while still in college. After him, Carole married Charles Larkey, Rick Evers, and Rick Sorenson. Carole King has four children namely Louise Goffin and Sherry Goffin Kondor with both of them being musicians, artist Molly Larkey and Levi Larkey.
Carole King wrote her first successful song ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ at a young age of 18 yrs along with her then husband Gerry Goffin. After this, both of them co-wrote various classic songs for different singers, some of the songs being ‘Take Good Care Of My Baby’, ‘Up On The Roof’, ‘One Fine Day’ etc. In 1960s, Carole came up with her solo debut song ‘Baby Sittin’. However, success came her way with the song ‘It Might As Well Rain Until September’ which was in top 25 in US charts and made to number 3 in UK charts.
Carole received a path breaking success with her 1971 solo album ‘Tapestry’. For the first time in history, a female singer received four Grammy Awards for a single album. For almost a quarter of the century, Tapestry remained number one album by a female artist. Tapestry was included into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 1998.
After her divorce with Gerry in 1968, Carole moved to LA and relaunched herself with the album ‘The City’. ‘Carole King: Music’ was released in December 1971 and was an instant hit. After this, Carole came up with ‘Rhyme and Rhythm’ and ‘Fantasy’, which were huge hits with both of them achieving Gold certifications. In 1974, Carole released her Album ‘Wrap Around Joy’, which was again a huge hit.
In 1977, Carole along with another writer Rick Evers, released the album ‘Simple Things’, which turned out to be her first album to not do well on charts after the release of ‘Tapestry’. Though this album received gold certification but was termed ‘The Worst Album of 1977’.
Carole also wrote and composed for few films such as ‘The Care Bears Movie’, ‘Murphy’s Romance’ and ‘A League of Their Own’. Apart from this, Carole also sang and wrote for the albums of other artists such as Dina Carroll’s ‘Quartz’, Mariah Carey’s ‘Emotions’, Celine Dion’s ‘Let’s Talk About Love’ etc.
Carole King has been felicitated with numerous awards and honours. In 1987, Gerry and Carole were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 1988, both of them received the National Academy of Songwriters Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 1990, Carole along with Gerry was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the non-performer category for her song writing achievements. In 2002, Carole received the Johnny Mercer Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2004, Gerry and Carole were awarded the Grammy Trustees Award. Carole was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
In 2012, Carole received the 2,486th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In February 2013, Carole was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. President Barack Obama presented Carole King with the fourth Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the first awarded to a woman composer. In 2015, Carole was honoured at the Kennedy Centre Honour for her lifetime contribution to American culture through the performing arts.
Carole King Net Worth
Net worth of Carole King is approximately $75 Million with majority of King’s wealth coming from the numerous hits which she co-wrote with her ex-husband Gerry Goffin.
Carole King has been a pioneer for environmental issues and has been associated with Alliance for the Wild Rockies and other groups for NREPA. Carole is also politically active with her association being with Democratic Party. Carole has been actively involved in various forums of Democratic Party and has been involved in their fund raising activity.