Carole King visits musical based on her life

Carole King visits musical based on her life

King, 73, choking with emotion, paid tribute to her late husband and former songwriting partner Gerry Goffin.



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Published: Thu 26 Feb 2015, 9:34 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:19 PM

Carole King showed up unannounced to lead a London theatre audience in her hit You’ve Got a Friend on Tuesday at the West End opening of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical based on her life and career.

With the cast onstage for curtain calls, and her lifelong friends but onetime rival songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil at her side, King, 73, choking with emotion, paid tribute to her late husband and former songwriting partner Gerry Goffin. She and Goffin, whom she divorced in 1968, turned out a string of hits including Will You Love Me Tomorrow?, Up on the Roof and One Fine Day that shaped the sound of pop music in the 1960s and ‘70s.

“Gerry Goffin passed away on June 19 of last year. He did get to see the opening night in New York and he was really happy, he really loved the show,” King said, referring to the Broadway musical on which the London show is based.

She added that when Goffin had been asked about his portrayal as a talented man who cheats on his wife, his response had been, “It’s not really simple.”

She then led the audience in one of her best known songs, which was a big hit for James Taylor and others, and includes the lyrics: “You just call out my name, and you know wherever I am/ I’ll come running to see you again...” 


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