Carole King inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame



Carole King, whose writing credits saturated the top of the charts in the ’60s and’ 70s, is now a two-time winner of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. She was inducted by Taylor Swift during a ceremony held tonight at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland.

King was first inducted into Rock Hall in 1990 for her songwriting accomplishments with her former husband and collaborator, Gerry Goffin. Only two other women have been inducted twice in the room so far: King’s 2021 recipient Tina Turner and Stevie Nicks.

“Thank you for carrying the torch,” King said as he accepted his award from presenter Taylor Swift, before thanking Goffin (“His words nailed our deepest feelings”) and other early collaborators like James. Taylor.

“You know I’m kind of a hermit, going out and seeing old friends and new, and all of you here tonight, to welcome all the inductees, it’s amazing,” King said. “I keep hearing it, so I guess I’m going to have to take it, that today’s singers and songwriters stand on my shoulders.”

She then spoke to Aretha Franklin who was an inspiration to her before releasing Jennifer Hudson, who plays Franklin in the recent biopic. The respect and performed a stunning version of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, written by King and sung by Franklin. King then sat behind a piano and performed “You’ve Got a Friend,” which became a singing audience after the inductee encouraged the audience to join her.

King’s career began in 1958 when she began working as a songwriter at the famous Brill Building in her hometown of New York. Along with Goffin, she co-wrote dozens of chart-topping songs, many of which have become musical standards, including “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, the couple’s first No.1 hit in 1960, performed at the ‘origin by the Shirelles. Other hit tracks include “One Fine Day” for the Chiffons, “Pleasant Valley Sunday” for the Monkees and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” for Aretha Franklin.

By his own admission, King hadn’t planned on embarking on his own solo work. “I never wanted to be an artist,” she said Rolling stone earlier this year. “I decided to be a songwriter. It’s all I ever wanted to be.”

But in 1968, recently divorced from Goffin, King moved to Laurel Canyon and founded The City, a musical trio consisting of bassist and future husband Charles Larkey, guitarist Danny Kortchmar, and herself on piano and vocals. They produced an LP, 1968’s Now that all has been said.

In Los Angeles, King also met other songwriters Joni Mitchell and James Taylor, and collaborated with them on occasion. King’s first solo album, 1970s Writer, with Taylor on guitar and backing vocals. Writer peaked at # 84 – an essay for what was to come.

Tapestry, King’s second album released in 1971, was an immediate success. The record included two huge hit songs – “It’s Too Late” and “I Feel the Earth Move”, as well as reinterpretations of “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”. Taylor and Mitchell both appeared on the record. Tapestry spent 15 straight weeks at # 1, remained on the charts for six years, won four Grammy Awards to the King, and is consistently cited as one of the most influential singer-songwriter albums of all time .

Several successful albums followed – 1972 Nursery rhymes and reasons, 1973 Fancy and 1974 Wrap up the joy. These were accomplishments that just 10 years earlier had struck the Brooklyn-based young woman as unlikely. King’s drive to come out of her shell not only made her a household name, it also paved the way for future female solo artists.

“When I was younger I was pretty fearless,” King said NPR in 2016. “I think it takes more courage to do things when you know more. I was completely naive, and I was like, why can’t I do what I want to do? You know, come on. -y. And you know what? I still feel like even in today’s world, I feel like this is something I want to tell people. My whole attitude was that someone was going to get the thing or opportunity that I was looking for. Why not me? And the other is if you don’t try, you don’t stand a chance. “

The 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will air on November 20 on HBO alongside simulcast radio on SiriusXM rock & To roll room of radio fame.

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