Song of the Day #4,899: ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow?’ – Carole King

Here’s a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction that should have happened years ago. Carole King has been eligible for inclusion since 1986 and has been nominated only once before, in 1989. More than three decades later, she’s finally in.

To be fair, King has been a member of the Hall of Fame as a songwriter — alongside former co-writer/husband Gerry Goffin — since 1990. But she has now earned an additional spot as a performer. This makes King one of only three women inducted into the Hall twice (alongside Stevie Nicks and a woman I will post about next week).

The argument against King’s inclusion is that beyond her smash sophomore album, 1971’s Tapestry, her solo releases haven’t made much of an impact.

That reminds me of a former colleague who argued that Woodward and Bernstein were overrated because they didn’t break any major stories apart from Watergate.

King did land seven solo albums in Billboard’s top ten, three at #1, and has released 20 albums over her five-decade career. She’s far from a one-hit wonder.

But let’s be honest, King’s owes her legendary status in large part to Tapestry, and that is just fine. It is one of the best-selling albums of all time, and one of the most beloved by both fans and critics. Every one of its tracks is a classic.

King and Tapestry influenced countless singer-songwriters, especially women, to write and perform personal songs. For both her actual songs and her impact on the musical landscape, King belongs in the Hall more than most.

Tonight you’re mine completely
You give your love so sweetly
Tonight the light of love is in your eyes
But will you love me tomorrow?

Is this a lasting treasure
Or just a moment’s pleasure?
Can I believe the magic in your sighs?
Will you still love me tomorrow?

Tonight with words unspoken
You said that I’m the only one
But will my heart be broken
When the night (When the night)
Meets the morning sun?

I’d like to know that your love
Is love I can be sure of
So tell me now and I won’t ask again
Will you still love me tomorrow?
Will you still love me tomorrow?

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,899: ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow?’ – Carole King

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Agreed 100%! King’s recognition by the Hall is long overdue.

  2. Peg says:

    Agree Agree Agree 👍👏

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