The very first concert I ever went to as a kid was Carol King. I've always been a huge fan. I saw her in Oakland CA back in the 70's. She's an amazing singer/songwriter. I was happy to see her recognized at this event. It's long overdue!

Carole King will be recognized as a BMI Icon at a gala event in May in Los Angeles.

The honor, given out by the performing rights society BMI, recognizes Carole's long career as a hit-making songwriter.  Over the years, over 400 of her compositions have been recorded by more than a thousand artists, and she's been responsible for 100 hit singles.

An all-star lineup will pay tribute to Carole at the 60th annual BMI Pop Awards, scheduled for May 15 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in L.A.

Among Carole's songwriting accomplishments are the hits she wrote for others -- including "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," "The Loco-Motion" and "Up on the Roof" -- and her own classics, like "So Far Away," "I Feel the Earth Move" and "It's Too Late."

Previous winners of the award include Paul Simon, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, John Fogerty, Brian Wilson and James Brown.

Carole will publish her memoir, A Natural Woman, on April 10.

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