Carole King’s “Music” House for Sale in Hollywood Hills

The album cover to "Music" shot by Jim McCrary at Carole King's Appian Way home. SOURCE:

Carole King’s former house in the Hollywood Hills real estate market in Los Angeles has been listed for sale, although the French Norman Tudor at 8815 Appian Way is far more than just a house.

It’s the place where King cemented her place as a composer and singer whose music changed the course of folk-pop-rock. In fact, this is the house where she wrote “Music,” the follow-up to her groundbreaking album, “Tapestry.”

According to Jim McCrary, the photographer who captured King for both albums, the songs for “Tapestry,” as well as the cover for that iconic album, were done at another Laurel Canyon house where King lived on Wonderland Ave.

Still, the Appian Way home figures into rock history, as King continued to craft a new strain of songwriting that gave the personal narrative a melodic voice — one that tapped into a listening audience hungry for more emotional expression.

The Appian Way home, later owned by “Friends” star Courtney Cox, is a 5-bedroom, 4-bathroom gated retreat that sits on a quarter acre. It has a remodeled kitchen and an oasis-like pool and features a giant, high-beamed living room where King was captured by McCrary during photo shoots during the time King was recording “Music.”

One of the most iconic albums — and album covers — of all time, “Tapestry” was the breakthrough work of King, the former Brill Building songwriter from New York who trekked to California in the late 1960s and flowered into one of the originators of earth-moving and radio-thrumming strains of folk-pop-rock.

With numerous hits, including the Billboard No.1 “It’s Too Late,” Tapestry hit the charts in 1971 held the No.1 spot for 15 consecutive weeks, remained on the charts for nearly six years, sold 10 million copies in the United States, and 25 million worldwide.

In 1972, the album racked up four Grammy Awards including Album of the Year; Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female; Record of the Year and Song of the Year, when King become the first woman to win the award for “You’ve Got a Friend.”

Further proof its its musical muscle? Tapestry was the top-selling solo album ever until Michael Jackson’s Thriller in 1982. Rolling Stone magazine rated it No. 36 on its “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list.

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