Carole King: Natural Woman

Teenage Songwriter in the Music Business

Carole King, fellow songwriters and friends Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, author and music critic Anthony DeCurtis, and Douglas McGrath (writer of book for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) describe the music business and work of songwriters in the 1950s and early 1960s. As a 16-year-old teenager living in Queens, NY, King would bring her music to one of two publishing houses in Manhattan and get paid $25 for a composition that went to a recording artist. She soon paired professionally and in marriage with Gerry Goffin, who wrote lyrics for her music.