FORGOTTEN MUSIC #1: GOFFIN & KING: A Gerry Goffin and Carole King Song Collection 1961-1967

Remember when people used to listen to song lyrics? And the lyrics were clever and made sense? Gerry Goffin and Carole King wrote over a hundred hits during the 1960s: songs like “Locomotion” by Little Eva and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” by the Shirelles. This collection brings together a nice mix of Goffin and King’s familiar and not-so familiar songs. This is great music just dripping with memories!
1. He’s In Town – THE TOKENS
2. Let Me Get Close To You – SKEETER DAVIS
3. Halfway To Paradise (Stereo album version) – TONY ORLANDO
4. The Idol – BOBBY VEE
5. The First And Last – THE CHIFFONS
7. Another Night With The Boys – THE DRIFTERS
8. Heaven Is Being With You – JACKIE DeSHANNON
9. I Didn’t Have Any Summer Romance – THE SATISFACTIONS
10. Love Eyes – BERTELL DACHE
11. Don’t Ever Change – THE CRICKETS
12. I’ll Love You For A While – JILL JACKSON
13. I Was There – LENNY WELCH
14. I Just Can’t Say Goodbye – BOBBY RYDELL
15. I Can’t Hear You – BETTY EVERETT
16. Just A Little Girl – DONNA LOREN
17. You’re Just What I Was Looking For Today – THE EVERLY BROTHERS
18. Hey Everybody – RAMONA KING
19. I Can’t Make It Alone (Mono Single Version) – PJ PROBY
20. Some Of Your Lovin’ – THE HONEY BEES
21. A Man Without A Dream – THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS
22. Don’t Bring Me Down – THE ANIMALS
23. Wasn’t Born To Follow – DUSTY SPRINGFIELD
24. So Much Love – BEN E KING
25. Yours Until Tomorrow – DEE DEE WARWICK
26. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman – ARETHA FRANKLIN

22 thoughts on “FORGOTTEN MUSIC #1: GOFFIN & KING: A Gerry Goffin and Carole King Song Collection 1961-1967

    1. george Post author

      This is a terrific collection of songs, Patti. Goffin & King were a hit machine back then. And the quality of their work stayed high.

  1. Deb

    What a great list of songs! And, while you’re listening to them, I’d also strongly recommend reading Sheila Weller’s Girls Like Us, which traces the musical & personal development of Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon. The entire book is wonderful, but the chapters regarding King’s growth as a musician and a songwriter are particularly interesting.

    1. george Post author

      Yes, GIRLS LIKE US is a wonderful book, Deb. I read it last year and enjoyed the Carole King section. Carole King and James Taylor are touring together. We saw Carole King in concert two years ago in a Canadian casino! What great music she made!

  2. Jeff Meyerson

    I once went through my 45s and picked out all the Goffin-King songs and there were a lot!

    Freddy Scott, Hey Girl
    Herman’s Hermits, I’m Into Something’ Good
    Cookies, Chains and Don’t Say Nothing Bad About My Baby
    Bobby Vee, Take Good Care of My Baby
    Little Eva, The Locomotion and Keep Your Hands Off My Baby
    Gene Pitney, the classic Every Breath I Take
    The Chiffons, One Fine Day (a favorit of Jackie’s)
    The Drifters, Up on the Roof (favorite of mine – we once saw a show in London of that name)
    Maxene Brown, Oh No Not My Baby

    I agree with Rick these sound like “B” sides but still worth listening to.

    We jsut got tickets for the King-James Taylor concert at Madison Square Garden in June.

  3. Jeff Meyerson

    You also need to read Always Magic in the Air: The Bomp & Brilliance of the Brill Building Era by Ken Emerson.

    WHat a lineup!

    Carole King & Gerry Goffin
    Barry Mann & Cynthia Weill
    Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich
    Neil Sedaka & Howie Greenfield
    Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
    Burt Bachrach & Hal David
    Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman

  4. Jeff Meyerson

    Yes, Neil Diamond was in the Brill Building too, but he isn’t part of the book, which concentrates on duos, Deb.

    George, according the Ticketmaster King & Taylor will indeed be in Toronto, at the Air Canada Centre, on May 28. Check it out!


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