June 19, 1971 Carole King’s It’s Too Late hits #1.
Carole King’s album Tapestry is brilliant. It’s on Claudia’s Top 3 albums list and it’s number 36 on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 albums of all time! Carole King was a Brill Building songwriter who knocked out hit after hit for Don Kirshner. She began singing her own songs and is the prototype for the female singer songwriter!
The classic for me is that she wrote Natural Woman. Aretha Franklin sang the hell out that song and I doubt half the singers who sing it know who wrote it.
I never sang It’s Too Late before, but when I saw it on today’s list of music events, I pulled out my Tapestry book and gave it a whirl. Great song.
In June of 1971 I had just finished my freshman year of high school. What a summer that was. Brooklyn’s got soul. We were at the beach — Riis Park — every day. Playing music. Drinking beer.
Now I sit with my wife in my backyard or at the lake. Playing music. Drinking coffee. It’s better now. The best. Damn, I got it good.
Brooklyn’s Got Soul. I like that as a song title. I think I’ll go write it. I’ll let you know down the road how it went.