Carole King’s landmark album ‘Tapestry’ exploded onto the music scene in 1971, and has remained an enduring piece of music history ever since. This album didn’t just open the door for female singer-songwriters, it slammed it wide open.
Carole King was already an established songwriter with Jerry Goffin, but when they divorced in 1968 she made the decision to move from New York to Los Angeles with two young kids in tow. She was a reluctant performer, and her first solo album, Writer, did not perform as well as expected. As we discuss on the show, her record company stuck with her, and this lead to her sophomore effort, Tapestry. Take a look at the track listing for that album. Most people would give anything to write just one of those songs.
King has released 25 solo albums over the years, and holds several notable records. We think her most impressive achievement is that she has written or co-written 118 songs that have made the Billboard Top 100 charts. That is astounding. What is even more astounding is that she is not a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist. Thankfully, she is one of the nominees this year.
Join us for a look at the incredible career of Carole King as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic album, Tapestry.