Saturday Eye Candy: Gerry Goffin

A HEARTY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO
THE GUY WHO WROTE A ZILLION GEMS WITH CAROLE KING

Something good indeed…
There's a huge invisible infrastructure behind the world of music, especially popular songwriting. Many of the mainstream's most memorable moments were crafted by people whose names most will never know. While almost everyone is at least passing familiar with Carole King far less know about her '60s/'70s songwriting partner (and ex-husband) Gerry Goffin. His work with King and on his own after they parted ways is a bright thread running through pop music. Goffin helped create such Top 40 standards as "Up On The Roof," "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "Saving All My Love For You," "Pleasant Valley Sunday" and dozens upon dozens more. Gerry Goffin celebrated his 69th birthday this past Monday, and we're happy to light a candle to his contribution to American song, every bit the equal of more lauded figures like Harold Arlen, Rodgers & Hammerstein and others already anointed by historians.

Here's Maria McKee performing Goffin-King's "I Can't Make It Alone".

Dipping back to 1964, here's Herman's Hermits bopping out with Goffin-King's "I'm Into Something Good" on Australian television.

And finally, John Frusciante singing "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" with the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2006.

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[Published on: 2/16/08]

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happydestiny starstarstarstarstar Sun 2/17/2008 08:04PM
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happydestiny

In the summer time I live in the same community as Carol King. She has been known to sit in and sing and play at our impromtu jam sessions, fuckin awesome! Her contribution to american music is rarely rivaled, props to her and former husband!

mmmmmmm rothbury in 4 months ten daysish