Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is a big award winning Broadway hit. But how exactly did Carole King make it to Broadway?
The acclaimed singer and songwriter is a native New Yorker, whose music career began at the ripe old age of three. It was then that her mother taught her how to play piano. By the time she was a teenager she was already writing songs, and in high school she also performed in a band.
But it was at the age of 17 that she had her first really big success. It was then, with her first husband Gerry Goffin, that she wrote the song “Will You Love Me”, which would become a number one hit for the Shirelles.
The songwriting couple went on to write a plethora of hit songs in the 1960s. These hits include “Take Good Care Of My Baby”, “The Loco-Motion”, “Up On The Roof”, “Chains”, “One Fine Day”, “Hey Girl”, “I’m Into Something Good”, “Just Once In My Life”, and “Don’t Bring Me Down”. They would also work with a who’s who of sixties pop music stars. These includes Bobby Vee, Little Eva, the Drifters, the Beatles, the Chiffons, Freddie Scott, Herman’s Hermits, Phil Spector, the Righteous Brothers, and the Animals.
As a performer, King made her professional debut in 1960, but she did not become a music star herself until 1971, when her solo album Tapestry became a hit. That year she would go on to win 4 Grammy awards, including for best song, best record and best album of the year. She also won for the best pop female vocal performance.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical debuted on Broadway in January of 2014, and has won a pair of Tony awards, as well as a Grammy award for best musical theater album.