Sunday, April 14, 2024

Carole King Nominated to Rock Hall On 50th Anniversary of “Tapestry,” Tina Turner, Dionne Warwick Also Considered


It only took 50 freakin’ years: Carole King was finally nominated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame today. It’s the actual 50th anniversary of “Tapestry,” her groundbreaking mega selling album that ushered in the era of singer-songwriters.

The Rock Hall will also also consider Tina Turner, and Dionne Warwick, each of whom has careers going back 60 years. Like Carole, they were all eligible the year the Rock Hall began in 1988. If they don’t all get in now, this whole thing is really more of a joke than we thought.

Other nominees for induction include Todd Rundgren, whose landmark album “Something/Anything” came out in 1972, the New York Dolls, Rage Against the Machine, Foo Fighters, Iron Maiden (haha), The Go Go’s, Devo, and Kate Bush.

Just to make things interesting, they’ve also thrown in Chaka Khan, who’s been on the nominees list many times and should be be in, and Mary J. Blige. The group is rounded out by Fela Kuti, why I do not know.

Both Carole and Tina are already in, technically. Carole’s in as a songwriter with ex husband Gerry Goffin. Tina’s in with ex husband Ike Turner. Neither is in as a solo artist even though that’s their biggest success.

Jay Z is also nominated even though he has nothing to do with rock, or even R&B, except that he’s sampled a lot of the songs.

Public voting will be strong for Jay Z, Foo Fighters, and Rage Against the Machine. The Rock Hall only has itself to blame for years of neglecting all those groundbreaking women– Carole, Tina, Dionne, and Chaka.

Still ignored is Carly Simon, whose first album was released 50 years ago yesterday and is just as important as Carole and Joni Mitchell as a trailblazer and influence.

Final inductees will be announced in May, and there will be a ceremony somewhere at some time later this year.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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