It’s never ‘Too Late’ to discover Carole King

William C. Curtis/Globe Staff

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My mom was only 15 when Carole King’s landmark record, “Tapestry,” was released in early 1971, but she listened to it on a loop in college after hearing “It’s Too Late” on the radio.

Up until then my mother’s taste in music leaned toward the Beatles and Three Dog Night’s “Joy to the World.” King’s music was different — written for everyone, but from a woman’s perspective.

“Her songs had meaning,” my mother told me recently, before she launched into the first line of “Will You Love Me Tomorrow.” “Tapestry” became something of a soundtrack to my childhood, the one album my mother kept on cassette and transferred to every new car she got. King will be at TD Garden on May 30 for the Boston Strong benefit.

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