PBS celebrates the life of Carole King
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PBS celebrates the life of Carole King

Carole King (Elissa Kline)
Carole King (Elissa Kline)

The documentary “American Masters — Carole King: Natural Woman,” will premiere tonight, February 19 at 9 p.m. on PBS, as part of the 30th anniversary season of the “American Masters” series. It is also in honor of the 45th anniversary of her landmark album “Tapestry.”

The show highlights the singer/songwriter’s life and career from 1960s New York to 1970s Los Angeles to the present. King joins collaborators and family in new interviews, rare home movies, performances, and photos.

According to “Songwriters Hall of Fame,” Carole King was born Carole Klein to Jewish parents in Brooklyn in 1942. She was a proficient pianist by the age of four, and a prolific songwriter by her early teens.

She also is a four-time Grammy Award-winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, recent Kennedy Center honoree, and the first woman to be awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. So far, more than 400 of her compositions have been recorded by more than 1,000 artists, resulting in 100 hit singles, including songs co-written with Gerry Goffin: “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (The Shirelles), “Up on the Roof” (The Drifters), and “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman” (Aretha Franklin).

Check local listings. The show will be rebroadcast on February 23 at 4 a.m., and it will also be on WLIW21 World on February 20 at 8 p.m. and February 21 at 12 a.m. The DVD will be available on February 23 via Virgil Films.

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