A Natural Woman: The Multi-Talented Carole King

Her Real Name

Carole King is a songwriting icon, best known for her mega-hit album, Tapestry. She embodied the musical sound of the 1960s and 70s. But like many singers, her legendary name isn’t the one she was born with. Originally, she was named Carole Joan Klein.


Carole King 1973. Photo By Globe Photos/mediapunch/Shutterstock

In high school, she started a romance with Neil Sedaka from a band called The Tokens. Not long after they started dating, she took on the name Carole King and formed her own musical group called the Co-Signs (we’ll get to that in a minute). She always knew she wanted to be a musician and kept her high school stage name throughout her entire career.