Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll

This episode spotlights the most successful female songwriter of the rock and roll era. She has written or co-written more than 200 charted hits. There is a hit stage musical about her life, and her live concerts continue to be huge draws worldwide.


In addition to our playing snippets of all of her charted hit singles, our resident rockologist, Ken Deutsch joins us as we cover many of what are known as “demo” recordings that she did to sell her songs to established recording stars in 1960s along with samples of their hit versions.


And we’ll spotlight her special connections with Neil Sedaka, Paul Simon, Bobby Vee, the Drifters, Aretha Franklin, Phil Spector, the Righteous Brothers, the Monkees, James Taylor, Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway, and many others, as well as her remarkable comeback to international fame after breaking up with her first husband and primary co-composer Gerry Goffin in the late-1960s.


She’s Carole King.


Hear her remarkable story here.


See Carole King's complete hit discography on the "Musicology" page.