I FELL IN LOVE WITH CAROLE KING IN 1971, when her brilliant album Tapestry was released. And since that time I’ve purchased each of her solo albums, beginning with Writer (1970) and ending (so far) with Love Makes The World (2000). So is it any wonder that I bought A Natural Woman, Carole’s just-published memoir? Of course I bought a copy for you, too. Would you like a chance to win it in this month’s random drawing?
Carole’s musical career began well before Tapestry. In the 1960s, she wrote a colossal number of hits with Gerry Goffin, her first husband (pictured above). Ever heard the Shirelles “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” They wrote it. They also wrote “Go Away Little Girl” (Steve Lawrence), “One Fine Day” (The Chiffons), “Hey, Girl” (Freddie Scott), “Chains” (The Beatles), “Take Good Care of My Baby” (Bobby Vee), “The LocoMotion” (Little Eva, Grand Funk Railroad and others), “Pleasant Valley Sunday”, “Some Time in the Morning,” and “Porpoise Song” (The Monkees), and “Natural Woman” (Aretha Franklin).
As an environmentalist, Carole has lobbied congress for more than 20 years to get congress to pass the Northern Rockies Eco-System Protection Act (NREPA). The bill seeks to preserve some of America’s most beautiful and ecologically important lands. Yeah, she’s a hero to many of us.
Several years ago I was lucky enough to meet (and even hug!) Carole, and to thank her for both her music and her tireless environmental work. I can tell you she is a beautiful person both inside and out.
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Enter soon! This random drawing expires on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST. As always, I’ll use the little number gadget at www.Random.org to select the winner. The winner will be notified by email.
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