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93.  Carole King

As you may have noticed, this list is peppered with performers who are already in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their work in other bands. Carole King is already in the Hall, but for her work as a songwriter. Ironically, the fact that she is already in may be the very factor that prevents her from getting in as a performer.

Forming a songwriting partnership with Gerry Goffin, the pair penned numerous hits that spanned over multiple genres. Already a star within the industry, the 70’s saw King sing her own material. One of the results was Tapestry, an album that soared to the top and to this day is considered one of the most important of the Singer/Songwriter genre. Later albums would follow which would cement her status as a true star. As mentioned earlier, Carole King is in the hall for her songwriting (as she should be) and she did receive a nomination as a performer. That nomination however was twenty years ago. It would not be a surprise if the Hall feels they have paid their debt to King and should other Singer/Songwriters get in it would likely be someone else.

www.caroleking.com

Should Carole King be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put her in! - 91.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 3.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 2.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 2.3%

The Bullet Points

  • Previous Rank: 2011: #182
    2012: #160
    2013: #129
    2014: #118
    2015: #108
    2016: #104
  • Eligible Since: Sunday, 01 January 1984
  • Country of Origin: U.S.A. (New York City)
  • Why they will get in: It is hard for anyone to argue that King does not have a legendary status within the industry.
  • Why they won't get in: Her best work was a songwriter for others and not necessarily for herself.
  • Nominated in: 1989
  • Essential Albums: Tapestry (1971)
    Music (1971)
    Rhymes and Reasons (1972)
    Wrap Around Joy (1974)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: I Feel the Earth Move (From Tapestry, 1971)
    Will You Love Me Tomorrow? (From Tapestry, 1971)
    It’s Going to Take Some Time (From Music, 1971)
    Jazzman (From Wrap Around Joy, 1974)
    Daughter of Light (From Thoroughbread, 1976)

Should Carole King be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put her in! - 91.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 3.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 2.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 2.3%

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+3 #1 jimmy26 -0001-11-30 00:00
Women are underappreci ated in rock. Carole King is the antithesis of this. She had the top selling album of all time for five years. You know who else has had the top selling album of all time? The bee Gees and Michael jackson. Pretty good company. yes she was a phenomenal songwriter but dang i think the evidence is there (did i say she had the top selling album of all time for five years) that she deserves to be in.
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