King at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December 2012
|Born||Carol Joan Klein
February 9, 1942
Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Queens College|
|Spouse(s)||Gerry Goffin (m. 1959; div. 1969)
Charles Larkey (m. 1970; div. 1976)
Rick Evers (m. 1977; div. 1978)
Rick Sorenson (m. 1982; div. 1989)
|Children||4, including Louise Goffin and Molly Larkey|
All I needed to do was sing with conviction, speaking my truth from the heart, honestly and straightforwardly, and to offer my words, ideas and music to the audience as if it were one collective friend that I'd known for a very long time.
My name at birth was Carol Joan Klein. It would take me five decades to appreciate my surname and the history that came with it. Along the way, I would add an 'e' to Carol and acquire several more surnames.
My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue, an everlasting vision of the ever changing view.
Sometimes I get a lyric, and the lyric, you know, comes off the page, and goes into my brain and comes out with a melody. Other times, I may create a melody first.
I only wanted to be a songwriter. I never wanted to be a singer. And I never wanted to be famous.
My one area of vulnerability was I didn't know how to have a healthy relationship with a man.
In my career I have never felt that my being a woman was an obstacle or an advantage. I guess I've been oblivious.
Had my grandparents not emigrated when they did, I might have been born Jewish in Eastern Europe during World War II, or I might not have been born at all. Instead, I was born in 1942 in New York City.
I went to London and performed in Eric Clapton's concert at the Royal Albert Hall. I'll work with him any time he asks me.
The downside of videos is that it will put my vision in front of other people, so they might not get the chance to create their own.
I just sort of try to be a good person; try to write music that lifts people and makes me feel good to sing.
I think Madonna has a great deal of intelligence and capability. I have a lot of respect for her. She's taken her career and maximized it with intelligence and creativity.
I listen to both oldies and contemporary stations. I enjoy listening to current stuff because there's an energy to it that's inspiring.
Sensitive, humbug. Everybody thinks I'm sensitive. Wait until they hear my new album.
When I was younger, I was kind of fearless. I think it takes more courage to do things when you know more. I was completely naive, and I was like, 'Why can't I do anything I want to do?'
I've had a remarkable life. I seem to be in such good places at the right time. You know, if you were to ask me to sum my life up in one word, gratitude.
Everybody understands friendship, and friendship is different than love – it's a different kind of love. Friendship has more freedom, more latitude. You don't expect your friend to be as you think your friend should be; you expect your friend just to love you as a friend.
When I wake up every morning, I smile and say, 'Thank you.' Because out of my window I can see the mountains, then go hiking with my dog and share her bounding joy in the world.
I was taking singing lessons, and they'd say, 'Your voice is too hoarse. You have to do more exercises.'