So the world wakes this morning to the sad news of the death of Gerry Goffin. Along with song-writing partners, this guy was responsible for some of the most memorable records of the last 50 years.
Most famously, he collaborated with then wife Carole King during the 60’s, producing hit after hit. Songs includes such well-known pearls as: “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” by the The Shirelles, “Take Good Care of My Baby” by Bobby Vee and “Oh No Not My Baby” Maxine Brown (although the sentiment behind the Crystals’ “He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss)” is somewhat alarming to modern ears.).
With King and other songwriting partners he wrote songs for such luminaries as Dusty Springfield, The Drifters, Little Eva, The Monkees, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Righteous Brothers, Diana Ross, PJ Proby and the Byrds.
And there were hundreds of cover-versions, to include the Beatles, Cher, Roberta Flack, Amy Winehouse, Neil Diamond, Linda Ronstadt, Rod Stewart, The Hollies, Donny Osmond, Whitney Houston and Beth Orton. Have a look on Wikipedia to see this remarkable discography.
It’s an enormous canon, and perhaps more importantly, massively influential. The standard was so high that people who heard this music went on to write and record their own songs, from the Beatles and Debbie Gibson, had to up their game to compete. The standard had been set.
Gerry Goffin, 1939 – 2014