Carole King

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1984 (The 1985 Induction Ceremony)

Nominated in: 1989   

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2032 (ranked #302) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Tapestry (1971)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
It's Too Late (1971)
I Feel The Earth Move (1971)
So Far Away (1971)
You've Got a Friend (1971)
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (1971)

Carole King @ Wikipedia

Carole King Videos

Will Carole King be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


35 comments so far (post your own)

She's already in as a non performer since 1990

Posted by roméo on Sunday, 11.26.06 @ 09:23am

Although she got in as part of the songwriting team Geffon/King - I think she should be inducted as a performer. Her Tapestry album was the 3rd or 4th biggest selling album in the 70's.
She's been in the top 10 of this poll:
for over 2 years. The rock fans that have voted for her on this poll think she along with Rush and Chicago are the most deserving but overlooked artists.

Posted by Garrett on Thursday, 11.30.06 @ 11:16am

As a performer, is one album sufficient to get you into the Hall?

Posted by Ontario Emperor on Thursday, 05.17.07 @ 18:36pm

Yes, one album or one song is all you need to get in the Hall.

Posted by ------------- on Sunday, 06.24.07 @ 14:48pm

She should be in. She helped pave the way for the singer/songwriter movement of the 1970's. Without here James Taylor, Harry Chapin, Carly Simon and others of that ilk probably wouldn't have made such as big an impact.

Posted by Brian Washington on Saturday, 09.15.07 @ 22:21pm

Carole King's career as a solo artist has been a succesful one, being the Tapestry album, which to this day has played over 100 times in my house. Besides "Tapestry" she's done other great songs in her solo career like "Sweet Seasons", "Jazzman", and "City Streets". Her music really gives me smiles and tears. She definitely deserves to get a 2nd induction into the Hall of Fame

Posted by danny on Monday, 12.10.07 @ 17:05pm

Carole King is in the Rock Hall with Gerry Goffin as a songwriter in the non-performers category.

Their bio even mentions her singing career in the last paragraph. She can't be inducted again. That's like inducting Bernie Taupin twice; once as a lyricist in the Non-Performers category and then as a performer. For those of you who are not aware, Bernie Taupin sings too, and he has also released albums and music videos.

Bio from Rock Hall:

In 1968, Goffin and King divorced and went their own ways. Goffin continued to write for and with others, while King evolved into a masterful interpreter of her own increasingly mature songs. She became one of the most popular singer/songwriters of the Seventies with the release of Tapestry, which contained such mellow classics as “It’s Too Late” and “You’ve Got a Friend.” A tour de force of confessional songwriting and understated performances, Tapestry held down the top spot on the album charts for 15 weeks, earning King a Grammy for Album of the Year in 1971. She followed it with a dozen more high-charting albums that kept her star in the ascendant during a charmed decade whose moods she helped capture in words and music.”

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 03.18.08 @ 14:49pm

If Paul Simon was inducted twice in the performs category--first as Simon & Garfunkel and then as Paul Simon, then why can't Carole King be inducted twice?

She was inducted as Gerry Goffin and Carole King as a songwriter in the non-performer catory. Why can't she be inducted as Carole King in the performers category? Anyway, she's already in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame!

Posted by QWEDF on Saturday, 09.13.08 @ 08:21am

Did anyone say she couldn't be inducted again?!

Posted by THS on Saturday, 09.13.08 @ 08:23am

She is the greatest!!!

Posted by girlrock on Tuesday, 10.7.08 @ 22:06pm

Carole King is a fantastic song writer and Tapestry is among the greatest albums of all time. If James Taylor, who was not a rocker, is in the R&RHF ... Carole King needs to be there also.

Posted by Hank on Wednesday, 04.15.09 @ 14:42pm

She's in my 'why not' category, if not quite a 'no-brainer'. There's no denying her influence, both as an early r&r songwriter and as one of the pricipals of the early '70s singer-songwriter sound.

She and Neil Diamond are the best of that genre who have been snubbed by the hall as performers.

But it may very well be that the committee has decided they have enough singer-songwriters.

It also probably works against her that most of her subsequent albums were not all that different from Tapestry, the lone exception being Fantasy, which has more soul influence.

Posted by Mike on Monday, 03.15.10 @ 19:19pm

Uh, Mike...Carole King was inducted in 1990...!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 03.15.10 @ 20:40pm

...but not as a performing artist, Guitarzan. Carole King's only been inducted (and rightfully so) under the non-performers category.

I say, induct her as an artist too. It wouldn't be the hall's oddest decisions, and definitely not one of their worst.

Posted by Steve Z on Monday, 03.15.10 @ 23:59pm

On the basis of "Tapestry" alone she should be inducted as a performing artist . . . that album was on the Billboard charts for YEARS! I think owning it is a requirement for citizenship in this country or something . . .

Seriously, though . . . a Rock Hall without Carole King is like a library without Shakespeare . . . just doesn't make any sense . . .

Posted by Michael on Tuesday, 03.16.10 @ 23:50pm

Did anyone at the Rock Hall ever say that Carole King couldn't be inducted again?

If Paul Simon was inducted twice in the performers category--first as Simon & Garfunkel and then as Paul Simon, then Carole King can be inducted twice as well.

She was inducted as Gerry Goffin and Carole King--a songwriting duo in the non-performers catory. She can be inducted as Carole King in the performers category.

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 03.18.10 @ 09:32am

Carole King should deservedly be in the HOF as a performer already.

Hopefully, someone from the nominating committee takes notice.

Posted by Matt Love on Monday, 03.22.10 @ 18:52pm

It's going to be a tough sell inducting her as a Performer when she's already in as a Non-Performer, the committee doesn't seem to like double inductees in different categories. I'm not saying she's undeserving or that it won't happen, I'm merely saying the Hall has their patterns that take a long time to change

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 07.7.10 @ 11:12am

I have a feeling Ms. King will find herself a nominee again for the 2011 class. I think the nominating committee will remember her for two reasons:

1. They inducted the other two Brill songwriting teams last year (Barry/Greenwich and Mann/Weil) and asked her to induct them so clearly they haven't forgotten her completely and she's on someone's radar.

2. She's having a very successful album/tour with HOF'er James Taylor at the moment which only increases her visibility. If the Grammys shower them with nominations/wins then that could really keep her in the committee's mind.

I really hope they remember her this year, as this is her best chance of getting in the ballot. And we all know the voters will jump at the chance to vote for her if her name is listed (and I'm pretty sure most voters aren't even aware who all the Non-performer inductees are lol).

I'm just putting it out there, Carole King could find herself with a much deserved solo induction for next year's class.

Posted by Matt Love on Monday, 07.12.10 @ 09:29am


01. 2010 Jesse Stone
02. 2010 Mort Shuman
03. 2010 Otis Blackwell
04. 2010 Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
05. 2010 Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 02.8.11 @ 11:34am


Posted by Jimi on Friday, 03.4.11 @ 23:18pm

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee seems sexist IMHO --very slow to acknowledge woman. Carole King deserved to be in the very first class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Forget the album sales of "Tapestry"-- it was a cultural milestone and it paved the way for virtually every other singer/songwriter who followed. Billy Joel and Elton John are quoted as saying the both used "Tapestry" as a template for when they were starting out. Carole is also cited by virtually EVERY female singer-songwriter since 1971 as being one of their primary influences including today's current queen, Adele.

Her albums throughout the 70s continued to go gold or platinum. Her "Troubadour Reunnion" tour with James Taylor in 2010 was one of the most profitable of the year --they sold out arenas across the country in other countries. European promoters are begging them to bring it to their continent.

Last comment, folks -- this is 40 years after the release of that little album called "Tapestry." The woman is a rock and roll pioneer and survivor.

Posted by Bob DiCorcia on Saturday, 05.14.11 @ 09:48am

Carole King should be in as a songwriter AND probably as an artist also.

Posted by Cokey on Sunday, 05.22.11 @ 15:27pm

If she only had Tapestry as an artist, this would still justify her place in the HOF as a performer. She also had other singles (Jazzman, Nightingale, etc) wich further reinforces an argument for her inclusion. Especially after her amazing success with her recent tour (with James Taylor) not including her has become an embarrassment -- induct her as a performer or the HOF loses even more credability with its continued slight of female performers.

Posted by Platinummm on Sunday, 07.31.11 @ 06:10am

Just google Carole King's Tapestry: Adele, Gaga, Rumer, Ben Folds, Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, Todd Rundgren and many more - past and present - have noted Tapestry as an inspiration. The late, great Amy Winehouse often cited Tapestry and thanked King in the liner notes of her first cd, "Frank". WInehouse' family chose "So Far Away" as the one song to memorialize their loved one. That is a perfect testament to the timelessness and impact of this album.
What else does King need to do? Be a man?

Posted by Cath on Tuesday, 11.15.11 @ 19:18pm

Cath, she's already been inducted into the Hall, I wouldn't hold my breathe for an induction into the Performers category.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 11.16.11 @ 15:03pm

Come on Mr Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. What is someone supposed to do? I guess i "Might as well wait until September"!

Posted by Ralph Campisi on Wednesday, 01.4.12 @ 23:21pm

She has aleady been inducted, so it's not exactly a pressing issue. I've always been curious as to who wrote what as part of the Goffin/King collaboration. On the song "Will He Still Love Me Tomorrow", for example, Geffon wrote all the lyrics. What about "Up On A Roof"?

Posted by astrodog on Wednesday, 01.4.12 @ 23:34pm


01. 2010 Jesse Stone
02. 2010 Mort Shuman
03. 2010 Otis Blackwell
04. 2010 Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
05. 2010 Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry
06. 2012 Don Kirshner

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 03.21.12 @ 23:33pm

I wonder why she is not in?

Posted by Happy on Thursday, 03.22.12 @ 10:24am

Carole King gave the induction speech for songwriters Jesse Stone, Mort Shuman, Otis Blackwell, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Ellie Greenwich, and Jeff Barry in 2010, she gave the induction speech for producer, promoter and publisher Don Kirshner in 2012, and she performed for 2013 inductee, Lou Adler, who produced her album, Tapestry. Should we be reading anything into all of this. Is Carole King going to get a second induction?

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 04.21.13 @ 22:41pm

Still think she should get IN

Posted by Happy on Thursday, 09.19.13 @ 23:16pm

Carole King performed last night at the Grammys. Yes, put her in the HOF, if only as a songwriter.
btw: Why must I care about Sprinsteen's band name?

Posted by Cokey on Monday, 01.27.14 @ 20:19pm

Because this board at one point had a problem with getting flooded with spam messages. Adding that security question actually helps prevent that. You wouldn't think so, but the only people who couldn't answer that question are either spam robotic accounts or brain-dead idiots, like the Steve Perry faithful.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 01.27.14 @ 23:36pm

Way Past Due! If anyone is deserving . She is the one..No explanation needed.

Posted by Drrock on Wednesday, 02.21.18 @ 22:31pm

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