Lost or Forgotten Oldie of the Day: 1980 Carole King – One Fine Day

1980 Carole King – One Fine Day

Carol Joan Klein grew up in New York City and her mother began teaching her to play the piano when she was very young. Carole was born with perfect pitch; when she heard a note played, she could identify it. While in high school, she formed a group named the Co-Sines and changed her name to Carole King. She also began making demo records with her friend Paul Simon. When she turned 16, ABC Records released her first single in 1958, The Right Girl. She wrote the song and Don Costa arranged and conducted the music.

Carole continued writing songs, often with the man who became her first husband, Gerry Goffin. They wrote several hit songs together. They wrote the song The Loco-motion, their babysitter, Little Eva, recorded the song, and the single reached #1 on the Hot 100 in 1962. Carole finally reached the charts herself that year when the single It Might As Well Rain Until September peaked at #22. Carole recorded a few other singles over the next five years with no success. She did, however, write or co-write at least 118 songs that reached the Hot 100.

Carole and Gerry wrote a follow-up song for Little Eva: One Fine Day. They based the song on the aria Un bel di vedremo from Madama Butterfly, an opera written by Puccini. They recorded a demo of the song that featured Carole playing piano and singing. They intended the song for Little Eva, but for some reason, she did not record it.

When they were unable to figure out a good arrangement for the song, they passed the demo tape along to the Tokens. The Tokens kept the piano part that Carole had played on the demo and added vocals by the Chiffons and arranged the musical backing for the record. The resulting single reached #5 on the Hot 100 in 1963.

Seventeen years later, Carole recorded Pearls: Songs of Goffin and King, an album of remakes of songs she and Gerry wrote together. Her remake of the early Chiffons single put One Fine Day back on the charts. The single peaked at #12 on the Hot 100 in 1980. It also turned out to be Carole’s last top forty solo single on the Hot 100.


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