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Library of Congress to honor Carole King with music prize
By BRETT ZONGKER , Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Carole King has a friend in the Library of Congress. She's the first woman to win the library's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

In her five decades of songwriting, King's hits have included "You've Got a Friend," ''So Far Away" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." The library said Thursday that King will be the fifth person to receive the prize. Prior recipients include Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney.

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Librarian of Congress James Billington says King's work has been recorded by many artists to communicate universal human emotions like love, joy and pain.

King will receive the prize in the spring and says in a statement that she looks forward to performing in Washington. Honorees are typically saluted at the White House.

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Dec 13, 2012 9:36PM
Tapestry is one of the best albums ever recorded!
Dec 13, 2012 3:33PM
What a milestone album! 
(The photos on the album cover showing Carole working on her real namesake "Tapestry" were a nice slice-of-life bonus insight into "the artist as a person.")

Just the first three songs alone were enough to make it a masterpiece -
"I Feel the Earth Move"
"So Far Away"
"It's Too Late"

I remember how the summer of '71 was really the summer of Carole King.  She did those three songs the best herself, in her own inimitable way, but James Taylor OWNED "You've Got a Friend."

No one did, or has done that, any better than Sweet Baby James - not even the songwriting genius Carole herself.

Dec 13, 2012 3:25PM
This award is long overdue.  I can think of no one from my past whose music has influenced me more.  I am now 56 and to this day when I get together with my high school girlfriends, we dance to Smackwater Jack with a dance we made up in the early 70's. Still giggle they way we did in high school.  Thank you for those memories and Congrats Carole. 
Dec 13, 2012 3:11PM
She's a marvelous human being who, like James Taylor, never seeks the spotlight, never a media or tabloid darling.   And also like Leslie Gore (You Don't Own Me), you have to "research" to find anything written about her.   My favorite KIng is "Jazzman."   I could listen to it night and day, day and night!
Dec 13, 2012 12:58PM
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