Idaho resident Carole King was awarded a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame Monday, recognizing her more than 50 years of singing, songwriting and performing.
King, who lives in the White Cloud Mountains near Clayton, told the Idaho Statesman she is excited to hear Carole King Day declared in Hollywood.
"I am so thrilled to be getting this star and thrilled to be representing Idaho on the Hollywood Walk of Fame," King said.
She was introduced as an Idahoan as she was awarded the 2,486th star. Her work for wilderness preservation also was noted.
Tuesday she will will be honored again at a fundraiser, “A Celebration of Carole King and Her Music” Benefit for Paul Newman’s The Painted Turtle Camp with Alicia Keys, Amy Grant, Herb Alpert, John Legend, Katy Perry, Lani Hall, Darlene Love, Jesse McCartney and Vince Gill. The event will be co-hosted by Quincy Jones and Jack Nicholson.
It’s been another great year for King, 70. Her memoir, "A Natural Woman," reached No. 6 on the New York Times Best-Seller list in April. A movie is in the works about her, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon based on Sheila Weller's book "Girls Like Us."
Beginning at 15, she wrote songs like “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” and “A Natural Woman,” with her husband Gerry Goffin, that helped define a generation of women singers. Her 1971 album "Tapestry" won three Grammys and remains one of the largest-selling albums in history.
She came to Idaho in 1975, first to Robie Creek and eventually to her current home, Robinson Bar Ranch. Two of her four children grew up in Idaho.
In her talk she expressed pride in her state.
“My neighbors mean so much to me in Idaho,” she said.