A Natural Woman

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Little, Brown Book Group, Apr 10, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
34 Reviews

A memoir by the iconic singer-songwriter chronicling her story from her beginnings in Brooklyn through her remarkable success as one of the world's most acclaimed musical talents, to her present day as a leading performer and activist. From her marriage to Gerry Goffin, with whom she wrote dozens of songs that hit the charts, to her own achievements, notably with "Tapestry," which remained on the charts for more than six years, to her experiences as a mother, this memoir chronicles one of music's most successful and fascinating stars.

The book will include dozens of photos from King's childhood, her own family, and behind-the-scenes images from her performances over the years.

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Review: A Natural Woman: A Memoir

User Review  - Larry Bassett - Goodreads

I am not a “groupie” fan but I am a person of the 1960s. The album “Tapestry” is playing as I sit in my living room and begin to read Carole King's memoir, A Natural Woman. Recorded in 1971, the album ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michael Dandreaux - Goodreads

I have been a fan of Carole King's music since first hearing the Tapestry album. I was attracted by the lyrics she wrote that were so well accompanied by her musical score on that and subsequent ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Carole King is a singer, songwriter, and pianist. King and her former husband Gerry Goffin wrote more than two dozen chart hits for numerous artists during the 1960s, many of which have become standards. As a singer, King's album Tapestry topped the U.S. album chart for 15 weeks, in 1971, and remained on the charts for more than six years.

She was most successful as a performer in the first half of the 1970s, although she was a successful songwriter long before and long after. She had her first No. 1 hit as a songwriter in 1961, at age 18, with "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", which she wrote with Gerry Goffin. In 1997, she co-wrote "The Reason" for Celine Dion.

In 2000, Joel Whitburn, a Billboard Magazine pop music researcher, named her the most successful female songwriter of 1955-99, because she wrote or co-wrote 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

King has made 25 solo albums, the most successful being Tapestry. Her most recent non-compilation album is Live at the Troubadour, a collaboration with James Taylor, which reached no. 4 on the charts in its first week and has sold over 400,000 copies.

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. In 2009, Carole King was inducted into the "Hit Parade" Hall of Fame. She holds the record for the longest time for an album by a female to remain on the charts and the longest time for an album by a female to hold the No.1 position, both for Tapestry.

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