The Brill Building songwriters were among some of the most prolific in rock and roll history, so it’s not surprising that any of them would find themselves inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and even less surprising that they might be inducted together. That being said, we aren’t going to take anything away from the Brill Building songwriting team that was Carole King and her then-husband, the late Gerry Goffin, who were inducted as a pair almost three decades ago. However, Carole King is another one of those female singer-songwriters who has so many accolades to her name alone, that it’s enough to question why she doesn’t stand as a solo inductee as a performer in the RRHOF.
While Carole King wrote or co-wrote many hits throughout the ’60s, the ‘70s saw King begin performing her own songs. “Tapestry,” released in 1971, stands as one of the best-selling albums of all time, going beyond platinum to diamond status with more than 10 million copies sold in the United States alone, and more than 25 million copies sold worldwide. The album made King the first solo woman to win a Grammy for Record of the Year, as well as Song of the Year in 1972. “Tapestry” also held the record for most weeks spent at No. 1 on the charts for a female artist for more than 20 years.
As a solo artist, King has 25 albums to her name. At one point two of her albums, “Tapestry” and “Carole King: Music” were simultaneously in the top 10. She’s been writing professionally for nearly 60 years, and has been performing for 47. In the last five years alone, King became the first woman to receive a Gershwin Prize from the Library of Congress, her life story was turned into a musical for Broadway, she was honored as MusiCares Person of the Year, and was a Kennedy Center Honors Honoree. The list goes on and on and on, and while, yes, she has technically been recognized by the Rock and Roll of Fame already, she still deserves a place as a performer. Her contributions run too deep and her influence is too great to let her go without individual recognition as a solo artist.