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).

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Song of the Day #4,031: ‘Birthday Song’ – Carole King

In honor of my mother’s birthday, here is a cheesy but sweet song from Carole King. It appeared on the Deluxe Edition reissue of her 2001 album Love Makes the World, which remains King’s last album of original material.

King turned 77 this year, making her a few years older than my mother (who looks more like 60). I’m happy to have such a talented and accomplished woman delivering today’s tribute to my wonderful mom. Happy Birthday!

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Song of the Day #3,703: ‘Where You Lead’ – Carole King

When I first perused the lineup of albums released in 1971 to prepare for this list, I immediately knew which would wind up at #1. Carole King’s Tapestry is one of the greatest albums of the 70s and one of the greatest of all time. It’s certainly the best album of 1971.

Recorded in January of that year and released in February, Tapestry would eventually sell more than 25 million copies worldwide and spend more than six years on the Billboard charts, second only to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. It took home Grammys for Album, Record and Song of the Year.

Not bad for the sophomore album by a woman who was told she was better off writing songs for other singers.

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Song of the Day #3,394: ‘So Far Away’ – Carole King

Just two more songs in the 30 Day Music Challenge. Day 29 asks us to get nostalgic and name ‘A Song That You Remember From Your Childhood.’

Aside from the heavy doses of Frank Sinatra provided by my parents, my childhood musical memories mostly center around their old reel-to-reel tape machine (which, in our retro-happy world, is apparently the new vinyl).

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Song of the Day #1,432: ‘It’s Too Late’ – Carole King

Best Albums of the 70s – #3
Tapestry – Carole King (1971)

Carole King released 10 albums in the 70s, and I couldn’t name a single song from nine of them if you put a gun to my head. Nor could I name a single song on the five albums of original material she’s recorded in the 30+ years since.

But Tapestry, her second solo record — that one I can recite by heart. As can the millions of people who have made it one of the best-selling records of all time.

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