Legendary singer/songwriter Carole King was honored May 15, in Los Angeles by Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) (the leading organization for music rights) with their prestigious Icon Award.
In receiving the honor, King joined other artists including John Fogerty, the Jacksons, the Bee Gees, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, Willie Nelson, James Brown, Carlos Santana, and Dolly Parton who have been recipients of the award.
Peter Noone, who first burst onto the music scene in 1964 as lead singer for Herman’s Hermits, performed that band’s King penned first single, “I’m Into Something Good,” in a musical tribute to King.
He was joined in the tribute by Colbie Caillat performing “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” and up-and-comer Hailey Reinhart, who sang “Beautiful.”
Throughout her more than half century career in music, King has received a total of 31 BMI songwriting awards in varying genres including pop, R&B and country.
– Brad Haynes, SUNNY-FM, Orlando, Florida