“Why Not Me?,” an excerpt of Carole King‘s upcoming autobiography A Natural Woman: A Memoir was published last week by New York Magazine. In it, she recounts trying to get a job as a songwriter at the tender age of 15 in 1957.
The next day, less than ten minutes after the last school bell had rung, I was on an express train from Kings Highway to Manhattan wearing a pink sweater set, a black felt skirt with a pink poodle on it, a ponytail, white bobby socks, and a pair of white sneakers. Someone was going to get her songs recorded. Why not me?
She also recounts what it was like working at Aldon Music (she actually didn’t work in the Brill Building) and being in the studio during the recording of “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” for The Shirelles.
Read the entire excerpt here. The book will be released April 10.