Gerry Goffin: 10 good songs

Songwriting perfection.

UP ON THE ROOF (1962)

Named by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of a 500 Songs that Shaped
Rock and Roll, Up on a Roof was a strike for The Drifters. It’s a
worldly song, combined by Goffin and Carole King, that captures the
feel of a large city in a summer.

(YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN (1967)

Record writer Jerry Wexler was pushing along when he saw Goffin entrance out
of a building in New York and he yelled out, ‘Why don’t we write a song
called ‘Natural Woman’?’ Goffin and his mother wrote a strain within hours and
gave Wexler a credit. “Isn’t it extraordinary what those kids gave me? The
cheques keep entrance in,” he said. It’s a conspicuous square of
storytelling and has never achieved improved than by Aretha Franklin, who
captures ideally a mood of a song:

When my essence was in a lost-and-found,
You came along to explain it.

THE LOCO-MOTION (1962)

Goffin and King wrote one of a a good celebration songs of all time in
Loco-Motion, and it was a strike for Eva Boyd. When a strain became a smash
hit, Boyd – a former nanny to Goffin and King – afterwards combined a dance to go
along with a song.

Gerry Goffin graphic with songwriting partner and then-wife Carole King
in around 1959. PHOTO: Michael Ochs Archives

I’M INTO SOMETHING GOOD (1964)

If we wish a happy adore song, afterwards Goffin and King’s I’m into Something Good
is perfect. It was initial available by RB thespian Earl-Jean though poducer
Mickie Most speckled a intensity and got a comparatively different British band
called Herman’s Hermits – fronted by former Coronation Street actor Peter
Noone – to record a cover version. Their entrance singular went to No1 in a UK
Singles Chart in Sep 1964, where it stayed for dual weeks. We’ll pull a
deceive over a after chronicle by Donny Osmond.

ONE FINE DAY (1963)

The honeyed strain One Fine Day was a strike for lady organisation The Chiffons. Goffin was
usually 20 when he married 17-year-old King, and asked once either girl was a
cause in his early success as a songwriter of adore songs, he replied: “Stupidity
helps”. Goffin, a former chemistry student, was always fulsome in his praise
of other songwriters, singling out Bob Dylan (“a poet”), Chuck
Berry (“Chuck wrote a best lyrics to report what it was like in
teenage America in those days”) and Randy
Newman
(“He’s substantially a many uncorrupted lyricist there is”).

What is your favourite Gerry Goffin song?

TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY (1961)

The Goffin-King strain Take Good Care of My Baby, done famous by Bobby Vee, was
sung by The Beatles during their try-out during Decca Records in 1962. The song
was another conspicuous adore strain combined to sequence during a Brill Building in
New York.

GOIN’ BACK (1966)

A smashing King-Goffin strain about mislaid innocence, Goin’ Back tends to divide
strain fans between those who cite a chronicle by a Byrds and those who
adore Dusty Springfield’s recording.

PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY (1967)

King and Goffin had changed to suburbia in a mid-Sixties and this sardonic
strain is named after Pleasant Valley Way, in West Orange, New Jersey where
they were vital during a time. It’s a amicable explanation on conformism and
materialism and includes a lyrics:

‘Seranade a weekend squire, who only came out to reap his grass . . .
Another Pleasant Valley Sunday,
Here in standing pitch land.’

The strain was a strike for The Monkees.

SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU (1985)

Saving All My Love For You was combined by Gerry Goffin and Michael Masser with
arrangements by Gene Page. It won a late Whitney Houston her initial Grammy
award. Goffin, who had obsession problems following his separate from King,
once said: “Being a lyricist is a flattering good job.”

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