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Spotlight on Goffin-King (he would've turned 80 on 2/11; she turned 77 on 2/9)

John Simon | Posted 3 months ago.


An amazing body of work from these two (he was the lyricist, she was the composer)!

Hey Girl - Freddie Scott (Top Ten in 1963; Billy Joel would release a version in 1997)
* I'm Into Something Good - Earl-Jean (also a big hit for Herman's Hermits)
Up on the Roof - The Drifters (also charted by Cryan Shames, Laura Nyro and James Taylor!)
They're Jealous of Me - Connie Stevens (non-charting single from 1964)
Run to Him - Bobby Vee (#2 single in 1961)
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow - Shirelles (first #1 for an all-black female group)
Not Just Tomorrow, But Always - Bertell Dache (listen for Carole King singing back-up)
Yours Until Tomorrow - Vivian Reed (also released by Gene Pitney, Cher and Dee Dee Warwick)
* Don't Bring Me Down - Animals
Goin' Back - The Byrds (Dusty Springfield hit with this one in the UK)
* One Fine Day - Chiffons
* The Loco-Motion - Little Eva (this #1 record would also hit #1 for Grand Funk ten years later!)
Pleasant Valley Sunday - Monkees
Chains - The Beatles (Carole & Gerry could've lived off the royalties from this one alone)
Up On the Roof - Laura Nyro (the most prolific songwriter of 1968-69 had one charting single. Guess who didn't write it....)
You've Got a Friend - James Taylor (#1 single with vocal backing from Joni Mitchell )
Take a Giant Step- Rising Sons (Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder were in a group together before either was famous. Whoa!)
What Am I Gonna Do With You - Skeeter Davis (Goffin-Titelman)
She Don't Deserve You - Honey Bees (Goffin-Titelman)
I Never Dreamed - Cookies (Goffin-Titelman; Gerry Goffin once wrote "I had to think like a 14-15 year old girl" when writing some of these)
Just Once In My Life - Righteous Brothers (written by Goffin-King-Spector, at least on the label)
Is This What I Get for Loving You - Ronettes (another one where Phil Spector claimed partial credit)
Up On the Roof - Ralfi Pagan (non-charting single on the Fania label, ca. 1973)
Some Kind of Wonderful - The Drifters
The Loco-Motion - Grand Funk (two weeks at #1 in 1974!)
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow - Dave Mason (his final Top 40 single, ca. 1978)
I Feel the Earth Move - Carole King (her "Tapestry" LP spent 15 weeks at #1 and 302 months on the LP Chart!)
The Loco-Motion - Kylie Minogue (two weeks at #3 in 1988!)
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin

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