Check Out These Never Before Seen Photos Of Carole King

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On June 9, 1959, a young Carole King made her way to RCA’s Studio B in New York City to record the songs “Short-Mort” and “Queen of the Beach.” She was 17 at the time. She co-wrote those tunes with her partner, Gerry Goffin, who was present at the session, along with publisher Al Nevins and a young “Jerry Landis,” a.k.a. Paul Simon. That’s him on guitar in the checked shirt.

A number of recordings from this era found their way onto 2012’s Legendary Demos, which also features hits like “Natural Woman” and “You’ve Got A Friend.”

This period of King’s life is captured wonderfully in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which is currently earning raves on Broadway. The Wall Street Journal called the musical “out of control amazing,” which sounds about right.

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Photos courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Archive.