Volume 3, Number 16 The Door To Yesterday. Alan Warner. 2019.

 

 

 

Gerry Goffin Will You Love Me Tomorrow.
Alan Warner. 2019


 There’s an expression folks sometimes use to describe music that they grew up with – 

they call it the ‘soundtrack of their lives’. For those who lived through the 1960’s,

 lyricist Gerry Goffin was one of the major architects of countless teen pop songs of the period 

and without his contributions, that world would have been far less memorable.


Brooklyn-born Gerald Goffin (1939-2014) was training to be a chemist but meeting 

a young student called Carol Klein, he discovered that they both shared musical ambitions 

and they began to write songs together. Carol changed her name to Carole King,

 they married and signed with Al Nevins &Don Kirshner’s new publishing company Aldon Music

 which operated out of an office at 1650 Broadway, just across the street from the legendary

 Brill Building. Gerry & Carole’s career took off when east coast producer Luther Dixon 

recorded their romantic ballad WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW with the four-girl 

vocal group The Shirelles in 1960 for Scepter Records. Aided by Carole’s distinctive 

string-laden arrangement, the single started selling; in the last week that November, 

it entered the Billboard Hot 100 and on January 30th ’61, it hit #1!  Gerry’s unique talent as 

a powerfully articulate wordsmith was on full display as in the song’s opening chorus

“Tonight you're mine completely

You give your love so sweetly

Tonight the light of love is in your eyes

But will you love me tomorrow’.


Carole sang on their demos and it wasn’t long before west coast producer Snuff Garrett 

heard another Goffin & King ballad titled TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY which he 

immediately recorded with teen singer Bobby Vee; the single was issued on Liberty and by

 September ’61,  Gerry & Carole found themselves with another hit on top of the 

Billboard singles chart!


Sitting each day creating teen love songs in a cubicle in Aldon Music’s office, 

Gerry & Carole were off and running on a winning streak. Two other of their early hits 

HALFWAY TO PARADISE and I’D NEVER FIND ANOTHER YOU were even more 

successful overseas via cover versions by British teen heaththrob Billy Fury. 

It was therefore no surprise that when the Beatles first arrived here,

 they wanted to meet Gerry & Carole.  


Gerry was also becoming adept as a record producer and he was in charge of the sessions 

of the original hit versions of several major Goffin & King sellers including CHAINS by The Cookies 

and THE LOCO-MOTION by Little Eva. Incidentally, Carole sang backup on THE LOCO-MOTION 

along with Dorothy Jones, Earl-Jean McCrea and Margaret Ross aka The Cookies. Earl-Jean 

was front and center on another Goffin & King seller by The Cookies (DON’T SAY NOTHIN’ BAD

 (ABOUT MY BABY) and then she cut her own single which introduced the world to 

I’M INTO SOMETHING GOOD, a Gerry & Carole song which also benefitted from cover

 interpretations, most famously by Herman’s Hermits. 


I personally enjoyed the way that certain Goffin & King compositions opened 

with a pre-chorus intro lyric as in WHEN MY LITTLE GIRL IS SMILING 

(Every time my baby and I have a quarrel/I swear I won't give in

Then my baby starts to smile at me/And I know, I know I just can't win).

 in TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY

 (My tears are fallin'/'Cause you've taken her away

And though it really hurts me so/There's something that I've gotta say

and in IT MIGHT AS WELL RAIN UNTIL SEPTEMBER 

(What should I write?/What can I say?/How can I tell you how much I miss you?).


Gerry also wrote with fellow Aldon Music writer Barry Mann and together they concocted 

the novelty song  WHO PUT THE BOMP, parodying and paying tribute to doo-wop songs. 

Its success landed Barry in the Top Ten!


A further standout Goffin & King ballad was UP ON THE ROOF 

for which Gerry said he got the idea from Cynthia Weil’s lyric in the song UPTOWN 

which she wrote with her husband, the aforementioned Barry Mann. UP ON THE ROOF 

benefitted from being first recorded by the legendary R&B vocal group The Drifters 

whose lead tenor on the session was Rudy Lewis. Gerry’s lyric set it up perfectly:

 “When this old world starts getting me down/And people are just too much for me to face” 

and later, it became even more eloquent: 

“I get away from the hustling crowd/And all that rat-race noise down in the street”. 

Rudy Lewis also led the Drifters on a furtherGoffin & King classic, SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL.


Gerry’s way with words also shone brilliantly in 

(You Make Me Feel Like) A NATURAL WOMAN. 

Here’s a poignant example: 

When my soul was in the lost and found/You came along to claim it

I didn't know just what was wrong with me/Till your kiss helped me name it.” 


In later years and following his divorce from Carole, Gerry 

collaborated with various other composers 

from Barry Goldberg to Bob Dylan. He also wrote very successfully 

with Michael Masser, most memorably on the Academy Award-nominated 

DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO 

for Diana Ross in her film “Mahogany”, the duet hit ballad 

TONIGHT I CELEBRATE MY LOVE 

by Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack and the Grammy-winning 

SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU 

by Whitney Houston. 


His DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO 

lyric was strikingly emotive: 

Now looking back at all we've had/We let so many dreams just slip through our hands

Why must we wait so long before we see?/How sad the answers to those questions can be”


Gerry’s career was so successful that the following list 

of his charted songs is particularly exhaustive… 


AT THE CLUB 

(Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by The Drifters

Arr & Cond: Teacho Wiltshire

A Bert Berns Production (Atlantic: 1965) 

US #43 Pop; #10 R&B & UK #35 all in ’65. 

Re-issue: UK #3 in ‘72

 

 

CHAINS Sheet Music. Gerry Goffin. The Door To Yesterday. 2019

 CHAINS (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by The Cookies

Pro: Gerry Goffin for Nevins-Kirshner (Dimension: 1962) 

US #17 Pop in ’62, #6 R&B and UK #50 in ’63 

https://youtu.be/YKwWb47hDzg

by Buddy Alan

Pro: Jim Shaw 

Capitol: 1975 US #35 Country

by Sarah

Arr & Pro: Bob Summers

 (Hub: 1988) US #81 Country


DEAR MR. D.J. PLAY IT AGAIN 

(Gerry Goffin/Carole King/Howard Greenfield)

by Tina Robin/A Nevins-Kirshner Prod.

 (Mercury: 1961) US #95 Pop


DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO (Gerry Goffin/Michael Masser) 

aka THEME FROM MAHOGANY

by Diana Ross

Pro: Michael Masser (Motown: 1975)

 US #14 R&B in ’75, #1 Pop, #1 AC and UK #5 in ’76

  https://youtu.be/3DnxTvqOe-I


DON’T BRING ME DOWN (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by The Animals

Pro: Tom Wilson (MGM: 1966) US #12 Pop; UK #6

https://youtu.be/Ztw4tKz0zrU


DON’T EVER CHANGE (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by The Crickets

Pro: Snuff Garrett (Liberty: 1962) UK #5


DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Barbara Lewis

Arr & Cond: Artie Butler

Pro: Bert Berns (Atlantic: 1966) US #91 Pop


DON’T SAY NOTHIN’ BAD (ABOUT MY BABY) 

(Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by The Cookies

Pro: Gerry Goffin for Nevins-Kirshner (Dimension: 1963) 

US #3 R&B; #7 Pop 

 https://youtu.be/xmuDaviugls


EVERY BREATH I TAKE (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Gene Pitney

Pro: Phil Spector 

Musicor: 1961) US #42 Pop

by EME

Pro: Ray Ruff EPI: 1981) US #86 Country


EVERYBODY GO HOME (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Eydie Gorme

Arr, Cond & Pro: Marion Evans (Columbia: 1963) US #80 Pop


A FOREVER KIND OF LOVE (Gerry Goffin/Jack Keller)

by Bobby Vee

Orch Cond: Norrie Paramor

Pro: Snuff Garrett (Liberty: 1962) 

UK #13 https://youtu.be/Q0QEGXu2ETM


GIRLS GROW UP FASTER THAN BOYS

 (Gerry Goffin/Jack Keller)

by The Cookies

Arr: Carole King

Pro: Gerry Goffin for Nevins-Kirshner (Dimension: 1964)

 US #33 R&B; #34 Pop


GO AWAY LITTLE BOY (Gerry Goffin/Carole King) 

Female version of GO AWAY LITTLE GIRL

by Marlena Shaw

Arr, Cond & Pro: Bert DeCoteaux (Columbia: 1977) #21 R&B


GO AWAY LITTLE GIRL (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Steve Lawrence

Arr & Cond: Marion Evans

Pro: Al Kasha (Columbia: 1963) US #1 Pop; #1 AC; #14 R&B  

https://youtu.be/d9l--WWFwMg

by Mark Wynter

Acc Dir: Tony Hatch (Pye: 1962) UK #6

by The Happenings

Arr: Herb Bernstein

Pro: The Tokens (B.T. Puppy: 1966) US #12 Pop

by Donny Osmond

Strings Arr: Pete Carpenter/Horn Arr: Rich Hall & Harrison Calloway Jr.

Pro: Rich Hall (MGM: 1971) US #1 Pop; #14 AC  

https://youtu.be/mLUuWl8oMFE


GOIN’ BACK (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Dusty Springfield

Acc Dir: Peter Knight (Philips: 1966) UK #10

by The Byrds

Pro: Gary Usher (Columbia: 1967) US #89 Pop


HALFWAY TO PARADISE (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Tony OrlandoArr: Carole King/

Cond: Chuck Sagle

Pro: Nevins-Kirshner w/Jack Keller (Epic: 1961)

 US #39 Pop

by Billy Fury

Acc Dir: Ivor Raymonde 

(Decca: 1961) UK #3 

 https://youtu.be/9MTXBQp5OgI

by Bobby Vinton

Pro: Billy Sherrill 

(Epic: 1968) US #23 

Pop; #8 AC


HAPPY TIMES (Are Here To Stay)

 (Gerry Goffin/Carole King/Cynthia Weil) 

by Tony Orlando

Arr: Carole King & Alan Lorber

Pro: Nevins-Kirshner with Jack Keller 

(Epic: 1961) US #82 Pop 


HE KNOWS I LOVE HIM TOO MUCH (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by The Paris Sisters

Pro: Phil Spector (Gregmark: 1962) 

US #34 Pop, #7 AC  


HE’S A BAD BOY (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Carole King

Pro: Gerry Goffin for Nevins-Kirshner 

(Dimension: 1963) US #94 Pop


HE’S IN TOWN (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by The Rockin’ Berries 

(UK Piccadilly: 1964) UK #3

  https://youtu.be/GAnpM6WK9LQ

by The Tokens

Eng: Brooks Arthur

Pro: Big Time Productions (B.T. Puppy: 1964) 

US #43 Pop, #20 AC


HER ROYAL MAJESTY (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by James Darren

Arr & Pro: Stu Phillips (Colpix: 1962) 

US #6 Pop, UK #36 

 https://youtu.be/AYMpl71B-C0


HEY, GIRL (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Freddie Scott

Arr: Garry Sherman

Pro: Gerry Goffin for Screen Gems Inc. (Colpix: 1963) 

US #10 R&B, #10 Pop

 https://youtu.be/c3mvJE-SUnc

by Bobby Vee (medley with “My Girl”)

Arr: Lincoln Mayorga

Pro: Dallas Smith (Liberty: 1968) 

US #35 Pop

by The Lettermen

Pro: Al De Lory (Capitol: 1970) 

US #17 AC

by Donny Osmond

Strings Arr: Pete Carpenter/Horns Arr: Dale Quillan & Ronnie Eades

Pro: Rick Hall 

(MGM: 1972) US #9

Pop, #21 AC

Included in the medley 3 MINUTES 2 - HEY GIRL by George Kerr

Pro: George Kerr & Sylvia (All Platinum: 1970)

 US #15 R&B


HI-DE-HO (THAT OLD SWEET ROLL) 

(Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Blood, Sweat & Tears

Arr: Fred Lipsius

Pro: Roy Halee & Bobby Colomby

 (Columbia: 1970) 

US #14 Pop, #14 AC


HIGH OUT OF TIME (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Carole King

Eng: Hank Cicalo

Pro: Lou Adler 

(Ode: 1976) US #76 

Pop, #40 AC


HOME AGAIN (Gerry Goffin/Michael Masser)

by Judy Collins with T.G. Sheppard

Pro: Michael Masser 

(Elektra: 1984) US #42 

AC, #57 Country  


HOW CAN I MEET HER (Gerry Goffin/Jack Keller)

by The Everly Brothers

Arr: The Everly Brothers 

(Warner Bros: 1962) 

US #75 Pop, UK #12

  https://youtu.be/j8T1h22O44M


HOW MANY TEARS (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Bobby Vee w/The Johnny Mann Singers

Pro: Snuff Garrett 

(Liberty: 1961) US #63 Pop, UK #10 

 

HUNG ON YOU (Gerry Goffin/Carole King/Phil Spector)

by The Righteous Brothers

Arr: Jack Nitzsche

Eng: Larry Levine

Pro: Phil Spector 

(Philles: 1965) US #47 Pop


I CAN'T HEAR YOU (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Betty Everett

Arr: Johnny Pate

Pro: Calvin Carter

(Vee-Jay: 1964) 

US #39 R&B

 https://youtu.be/CAIpnE72_Io

As I CAN’T HEAR YOU NO MORE (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Helen Reddy

Arr & Cond: Nick DeCaro

Pro: Joe Wissert 

(Capitol: 1976) US #29 

Pop, #1 AC


I CAN'T MAKE IT ALONE 

(Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by P.J. Proby

Arr & Cond: Jack Nitzsche 

(Liberty: 1966) UK #37

by Bill Medley

Arr: Bill Baker

Cond: Mike Patterson

Pro: Bill Medley 

(MGM: 1968) US #95 Pop

by Lou Rawls

Pro: David Axelrod 

(Capitol: 1969) 

US #33 R&B

by Maria McKee

Pro: George Drakoulias 

(Geffen: 1993) UK #74


I CAN’T SAY GOODBYE (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Bobby Vee w/The Johnny Mann Singers

Pro: Snuff Garrett 

(Liberty: 1962) US #92 Pop


I CAN’T STAY MAD AT YOU (Gerry Goffin/Carole King) 

by Skeeter Davis

Pro: Chet Atkins 

(RCA: 1963) US #7 Pop, #14 Country,  #2 AC  

https://youtu.be/0Dq9iRr9bpc


I CAN’T STOP TALKING ABOUT YOU (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Steve & Eydie

Pro: Marion Evans 

(Columbia: 1963) 

US #35 Pop & #14 AC in ‘64


I COULD HAVE LOVED YOU SO WELL

 (Gerry Goffin/Barry Mann)

by Ray Peterson

Arr: Robert Mersey

Pro: Phil Spector 

(Dunes: 1961) US #57 Pop in ’62 

 

I NEED YOU (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Chuck Jackson

Arr: Ed Martin

Pro: Stan Green & Steve Tyrell 

(Wand: 1965) US #22 R&B, #75 Pop


I WANT TO STAY HERE (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme

Arr, Cond & Pro: Marion Evans

(Columbia: 1963) US #28 Pop, #8 AC, UK #3   

https://youtu.be/MeH-Su-_EPE

by Miki & Griff

Acc dir: Tony Hatch (UK Pye: 1963) UK #23


I’D NEVER FIND ANOTHER YOU (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Billy Fury

Acc Dir: Ivor Raymonde (UK Decca: 1961) UK #5https://youtu.be/2Vy8uipRYYI


I’LL MEET YOU HALFWAY (Gerry Goffin/Wes Farrell)

by The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones Featuring David Cassidy

Strings & Horns Arr: Mike Melvoin

Pro: Wes Farrell (Bell: 1971) 

US #9 Pop, #4 AC


I’M INTO SOMETHING GOOD (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Earl-Jean

Arr: Carole King

Pro: Gerry Goffin (Colpix: 1964) US #38 Pop  

https://youtu.be/q5-Sg_JJgQ4

by Herman’s Hermits

A Mickie Most Production (MGM: 1964)

 US #13 Pop, UK #1

  https://youtu.be/MDUCOwp1p60


by Peter Noone

Pro: Ira Newborn 

(Cypress: 1989) US #19 AC


I’VE GOT BONNIE (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Bobby Rydell 

(Cameo: 1962) US #18 Pop


I'VE GOT TO USE MY IMAGINATION (Gerry Goffin/Barry Goldberg) 

by Gladys Knight & The Pips

Pro & Arr: Kenny Kerner & Richie Wise

 (Buddah: 1973) US #1 

R&B & #4 Pop both in '74

  https://youtu.be/Fq8StpV0jCg


IS THIS WHAT I GET FOR LOVING YOU 

(Gerry Goffin/Carole King/ Phil Spector)

by The Ronettes Featuring Veronica

Arr: Jack Nitzsche

Eng: Larry Levine/Pro: Phil Spector (Philles: 1965) US #75 Pop

  https://youtu.be/cbmzSWHgtRI

by Marianne Faithfull

Pro: Andrew Loog Oldham (UK Decca: 1967) UK #43


IT MIGHT AS WELL RAIN UNTIL SEPTEMBER 

(Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Carole King

Pro: Gerry Goffin (Dimension: 1962) 

US #22 Pop, UK #3 in ’62.

 UK re-issue: #43 in ’72. 

 https://youtu.be/GbKE0gJETA0


IT STARTED ALL OVER AGAIN (Gerry Goffin/Jack Keller)

by Brenda Lee (Decca: 1962) US #29 Pop, UK #15 

 https://youtu.be/Sp6p6-w-wgs


IT'S GONNA BE ALRIGHT (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Maxine Brown/Arr: Ed Martin/Pro: Stan Green & Steve Tyrell (Wand: 1965) US #26 R&B


JUST ONCE IN MY LIFE (Gerry Goffin/Carole King/Phil Spector)

by The Righteous Brothers/Arr: Jack Nitzsche/Eng: Larry Levine/Pro: Phil Spector (Philles: 1965) US #9 Pop, #26 R&B  https://youtu.be/Z2vMp0kJHyo

by Johnny Mathis (in a medley w/SOUL & INSPIRATION)/Arr: D’Arneill Pershing/Pro: Jerry Fuller (Columbia: 1972) US #37 AC


KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF MY BABY (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Little Eva/Pro: Gerry Goffin for Nevins-Kirshner (Dimension: 1962) US #12 Pop and #6 R&B in ’62, UK #30 in ’63  https://youtu.be/61IeTPSQHL8


KEEP YOUR LOVE LOCKED (Deep In Your Heart) (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Paul Petersen/Arr & Cond: Stu Phillips (Colpix: 1962) US #58 Pop 


LET’S TURKEY TROT (Gerry Goffin/Jack Keller)

by Little Eva

Pro: Gerry Goffin for Nevins-Kirshner

 (Dimension: 1963) US #20 Pop, #16 R&B, UK #



 

 

THE LOCO-MOTION Little Eva. Carole King and Gerry Goffin. Promo pic. the Door To Yesterday. 2019.

 THE LOCO-MOTION (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Little Eva

Pro: Gerry Goffin for Nevins-Kirshner (Dimension: 1962) 

US #1 R&B, #1 Pop, UK #2

   https://youtu.be/lNNW0SPkChI

by The Vernons Girls/

Pro & Mus Dir: Charles Blackwell 

(UK Decca: 1962) UK #47

by Grand Funk

Pro: Todd Rundgren (Capitol: 1974) US #1 Pop

  https://youtu.be/jxyU4W8iyeI

by Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin

Pro: Dave Stewart (Broken: 1986) UK #70

by Kylie Minogue

Pro: Stock Aitken Waterman (Geffen: 1988) 

US #3 Pop, #12 Dance, #39 AC, UK #2 

  https://youtu.be/ZM6SZkd-JzE


A LONG AND LASTING LOVE (ONCE IN A LIFETIME) 

(Gerry Goffin/Michael Masser)

by Crystal Gayle

Pro: Michael Masser

Dir: Crystal Gayle 

(Warner Bros: 1985) US #5 Country

by Glenn Medeiros

Arr: Robbie Buchanan

Pro: Michael Masser 

(Amherst: 1988) 

US #68 Pop, UK #42


THE LOVIN’ TOUCH (Gerry Goffin/Jack Keller) by Mark Dinning

 (MGM: 1960) US #84 Pop


MISS YOU LIKE CRAZY (Gerry Goffin/Michael Masser/Preston Glass)

by Natalie Cole

Pro & Arr: Michael Masser 

(EMI: 1989) US #1 R&B, #7 Pop, #1 AC, UK #2  

https://youtu.be/4cGhzuSV-Zk


NO ONE CAN MAKE MY SUNSHINE SMILE (Gerry Goffin/Jack Keller)

by The Everly Brothers 

(Warner Bros: 1962) UK #11 

https://youtu.be/Wu9htca8Fl0


NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE MY LOVE FOR YOU (Gerry Goffin/Michael Masser)

by Glenn Mederios

Pro: Jay Stone (Amherst: 1987) US #12 Pop, #4 AC, UK #1  

https://youtu.be/zmsdw828dwI


OH NO NOT MY BABY (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Maxine Brown

Arr: Bert Keyes

Pro: Luther Dixon & Stan Green (Wand: 1964) US #2 R&B & #24 Pop both in ’65

   https://youtu.be/Grm5w0DYJA4

by Manfred Mann/Vocal: Paul Jones (HMV: 1965) UK #11

by Merry Clayton

Pro: Lou Adler (Ode: 1973) US #$30 R&B  

by Rod Stewart

Arr: Jimmy Horowitz

Pro: Rod Stewart (Mercury: 1973) US #59 Pop, UK #6

  https://youtu.be/T3XZ5wnDFNw

by De Blanc

Strings Arr: John Lissauer

Pro: Rick Chertoff (Arista: 1975) US #70 R&B in ‘76

by Cher

Pro: Peter Asher (Geffen: 1992) UK #33

by Linda Ronstadt

Pro: George Massenburg & Linda Ronstadt 

(Elektra album cut: 1993) US #35 AC in ‘94


OLD SMOKEY LOCOMOTION (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Little Eva

Pro: Gerry Goffin for Nevins-Kirshner

 (Dimension: 1963) US #48 Pop


ON THIS SIDE OF GOODBYE (Gerry Goffin/Carole King) 

By The Righteous Brothers

Arr & Cond: Bill Baker

Pro: Bill Medley (Verve: 1966) US #47 Pop


ONE FINE DAY (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by The Chiffons

Pro: Bright Tunes Prod.

 (Laurie: 1963) US #6 R&B, #5 Pop, UK #29

  https://youtu.be/KvyOqKhKWQ4

by Julie Arr: Harold Wheeler/Pro: Herb Bernstein (Tom Cat: 1976) US #34 AC            

by Rita Coolidge/Pro: David Anderle & Booker T. Jones (A&M: 1979) US #66 Pop, #15 AC

by Carole King/Pro: Mark Hallman & Carole King (Capitol: 1980) US #12 Pop, #11 AC


ONE MORE CHANCE (Gerry Goffin/Michael Masser)

by Diana Ross

Strings Arr: Gene Page

Pro: Michael Masser 

(Motown: 1981) US #54 R&B, #79 Pop


PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by The Monkees

Pro: Douglas Farthing Hatelid aka Chip Douglas 

(Colgems: 1967) US #3 Pop, UK #11

  https://youtu.be/boJlejbuyw0


POINT OF NO RETURN (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Gene McDaniels w/The Johnny Mann Singers

Pro: Snuff Garrett 

(Liberty: 1962) US #23 R&B, #21 Pop


POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Steve Lawrence

Arr & Cond: Marion Evans 

(Columbia: 1963) US #27 Pop, #11 AC


THE PORPOISE SONG (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by The Monkees

Arr: Jack Nitzsche

Cond: Russ Titelman

Pro: Gerry Goffin (Colgems: 1968) US #62 Pop


RUN TO HER (Gerry Goffin/Jack Keller) Female version of RUN TO HIM

by Susie Allanson

Arr: John D’Andrea

Eng: Carmine Rubino

Pro: Michael Lloyd

 (Liberty: 1981) US #53 Country


RUN TO HIM (Gerry Goffin/Jack Keller)

by Bobby Vee w/The Johnny Mann Singers

Pro: Snuff Garrett 

(Liberty: 1961) US #2 Pop, UK #6  

 https://youtu.be/RW1w45JOf-g


SAILOR BOY (Gerry Goffin/Russ Titelman)

by The Chiffons

Eng: Brooks Arthur

Pro: Bright Tunes Prods. 

(Laurie: 1964) US #24 R&


 

 

Whitney Houston

 SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU (Gerry Goffin/Michael Masser)

by Whitney Houston

Pro: Michael Masser (Arista: 1985) #1 Pop; #1 R&B; #1 AC, UK #1 

https://youtu.be/pXdqH32Xe-U


SHARING YOU (Gerry Goffin/Carole King) 

by Bobby Vee w/The Johnny Mann Singers/Pro: Snuff Garrett (Liberty: 1962) US #15 Pop, UK #10


SHOW ME GIRL (Gerry Goffin/Carole King) 

by Herman’s Hermits/A Mickie Most Production (MGM: 1964) UK #19


SO MUCH LOVE (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Steve Alaimo/Arr & Cond: Bill Justis (ABC-Paramount: 1966) US #92 Pop

by Ben E. King (Atco: 1966) US #96 Pop

by Tony Blackburn/Arr: Johnny Harris/Pro: Jimmy Smith (MGM: 1968) UK #31


SO SAD THE SONG (Gerry Goffin/Michael Masser)

by Gladys Knight & The Pips (Buddah: 1976) US #47 Pop, #12 R&B, #3 AC, UK #20


SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by The Drifters

Arr & Cond: Ray Ellis

A Leiber-Stoller Production (Atlantic: 1961) US #32 Pop; #6 R&B  

https://youtu.be/-dAQEQw7D1E


SOME OF YOUR LOVIN’ (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Dusty Springfield/Acc Dir: Ivor Raymonde (Philips: 1965) UK #8 

 https://youtu.be/nlh2QOLJopY


SOMEONE THAT I USED TO LOVE

 (Gerry Goffin/Michael Masser)

by Natalie Cole

Pro: Michael Masser 

(Capitol: 1980) US # 21 Pop, #21 R&B, #3 AC 

  https://youtu.be/H89_X3v0c9g

by Barbra Streisand 

(Columbia album cut: 1989) US #25 AC


SWEET SWEETHEART (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Bobby Vee

Arr: Bobby Vee & Dallas Smith

Pro: Dallas Smith (Liberty: 1970) US #88 Pop


TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Bobby Vee w/The Johnny Mann Singers/Pro: Snuff Garrett (Liberty: 1961) US #1 Pop, UK #3

  https://youtu.be/nkWgQgaHMgg

by Bobby Vinton/Pro: Billy Sherrill (Epic: 1968) US #33 Pop, #14 AC


TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOU AND ME (Gerry Goffin/Burt Bacharach/Carole Bayer Sager) 

by Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osborne/Pro: Burt Bacharach & Carole Bayer Sager (Arista: 1989) US #46 R&B

  

TELL DADDY (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Ben E. King (Atco: 1963) US #29 R&B 


THEME FROM MAHOGANY

see: DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO


THIS LITTLE GIRL (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Dion

Arr, Cond & Pro: Robert Mersey

 (Columbia: 1963) US #21 Pop


TIME DON’T RUN OUT ON ME (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Anne Murray

Pro: Jim Ed Norman

 (Capitol: 1984) 

US #2 Country and #11 AC in ‘85


TONIGHT I CELEBRATE MY LOVE (Gerry Goffin/Michael Masser)

by Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack

Pro: Michael Masser (Capitol: 1983) US #16 Pop, #5 R&B, #4 AC, UK #2 

https://youtu.be/nW9CDGWdBMg


UP ON THE ROOF 

(Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by The Drifters

Arr & Cond: Gary Sherman

A Leiber-Stoller Prod.  

(Atlantic: 1963) US #5 Pop, #4 R&B

  https://youtu.be/b_ksNvivbEI

by Kenny Lynch/Orch Cond: Harry Robinson (UK HMV: 1962) UK #10

by Julie Grant/Acc Dir: Tony Hatch (UK Pye: 1963) UK #33

by The Cryan’ Shames/Pro: Jim Golden & Bob Monaco (Columbia: 1968) US #85 Pop

by Laura Nyro/Pro: Felix Cavaliere & Arif Mardin (Columbia: 1970) US #92 Pop, #30 AC

by James Taylor/Strings Arr & Cond: Arif Mardin/Pro: Peter Asher (Columbia: 1979) US #28 Pop, #7 AC

by II D Extreme/Pro: Paul Brown & Jeff Carruthers (Gasoline Alley: 1993) US #33 R&B  

by Robson & Jerome (in a medley w/“I Believe”) Pro: Stock/Aitken (RCA: 1995) UK #1


WALKIN’ WITH MY ANGEL 

(Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Bobby Vee w/The Johnny Mann Singers

Pro: Snuff Garrett (Liberty: 1961) US #53 Pop


WALKING PROUD (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Steve Lawrence/Arr, Cond & Pro: Marion Evans (Columbia: 1963) US #26 Pop


WHAT A SWEET THING THAT WAS (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by The Shirelles (Scepter: 1961) #54 Pop


WHATEVER SATISFIES YOU (Gerry Goffin/Scott Cutler)

by Jocelyn Brown/Pro: Jellybean (Warner Bros: 1987) US #72 R&B 


WHEN MY LITTLE GIRL IS SMILING (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by The Drifters

Arr & Cond: Klaus Ogermann

A Leiber-Stoller Prod. 

 (Atlantic: 1962) US #28 Pop, UK #31

  https://youtu.be/-HTSKRrKUiA

by Jimmy Justice/Acc Dir: Bob Leaper (UK Pye: 1962) UK #9

by Craig Douglas w/Harry Robinson & His Orchestra (UK Top Rank: 1962) UK #9

by Steve Alaimo/Pro: Chips Moman (Entrance: 1971) US #72 Pop


WHERE DOES LOVE GO 

(Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Freddie Scott

Arr: Gary Sherman

Pro: Gerry Goffin (Colpix: 1964)

 

US #82 Pop, #82 R&B


WHO PUT THE BOMP (IN THE BOMP, BOMP, BOMP) 

(Gerry Goffin/Barry Mann)

by Barry Mann

A Nevins-Kirshner Production (ABC-Paramount: 1961) US #7 Pop  https://youtu.be/22L5fJ_oHBo


by The Viscounts/Acc Dir: Tony Hatch (UK Pye: 1961) UK #21

by Showaddywaddy/Pro: Showaddywaddy (UK RCA: 1982) UK #37


WILL POWER (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by The Cookies/Pro: Gerry Goffin/Supervision: Jerry Wexler (Dimension: 1963) US #72 Pop


WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW

 (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by The Shirelles

Arr: Carole King

Cond: Luther Dixon

Prod: Ludix Prods. 

(Scepter: 1960) US #1 Pop, #2 R&B, & UK #4 all in ’61 

 https://youtu.be/cbxxkwBQk_o

by The Four Seasons

Arr: Bob Gaudio with Charles Calello/Pro & Dir: Bob Crewe (Vee-Jay: 1968) US #24 Pop

by Lynda K. Lance

Pro & Arr: Ron Oates (Royal American: 1971) US #74 Country

by Roberta Flack

Arr: Roberta Flack/String Arr: William Eaton/Pro: Joel Dorn (Atlantic: 1971) US #76 Pop, #38 R&B & #15 AC all in ‘72

by Melanie/Pro: Peter Scheker (Neighborhood: 1973) US #82 Pop & UK #37 in ’73, #42 AC in ‘74

by Jody Miller/Strings Arr: Bergen White

Pro: Billy Sherrill (Epic: 1975) US #69 Country

by Dana Valery

Arr & Pro: John D’Andrea (Phantom: 1976) US #95 Pop

by Dave Mason

Strings & Horns Arr & Cond: Allan Macmillan

Pro: Dave Mason & Ron Nevison (Columbia: 1978) US #39 Pop

by Cheryl Handy

Pro & Eng: Mike Daniel (Compleat: 1987) US #56 Country

by Bryan Ferry

Pro: Bryan Ferry & Robin Trower 

(Virgin: 1993) UK #23


YES I WILL (Gerry Goffin/Russ Titelman)

by The Hollies (UK Parlophone: 1965) UK #9


(You Make Me Feel Like) A NATURAL MAN (

Gerry Goffin/Carole King/Jerry Wexler) 

(Male version of (You Make Me Feel Like) A NATURAL WOMAN)

by James Ingram 

(Warner Bros: 1989) US #30 R&B in ‘90


(You Make Me Feel Like) A NATURAL WOMAN 

(Gerry Goffin/Carole King/Jerry Wexler)

by Aretha Franklin

Engineer: Tom Dowd/Strings Cond: Ralph Burns

Pro: Jerry Wexler 

(Atlantic: 1967) #2 R&B; #8 Pop

 https://youtu.be/dEWuAcMWDLY

by Jody Miller (Epic: 1974) #46 Country 

by Mary J. Blige (Uptown/MCA: 1995) #39 R&B


YOU’RE MY GIRL 

(Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by The Rockin’ Berries 

(UK Piccadilly: 1965) UK #40


YOURS UNTIL TOMORROW (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)

by Vivian Reed/Arr & Cond: Jimmy Wisner/Pro: Ted Cooper (Epic: 1968) US #44 R&B

by Gene Pitney/Pro: Stanley Kahan & Gene Pitney (Musicor: 1968) UK #34


Finally, a mention of three important Gerry Goffin/Carole King songs which didn’t chart: 

SMACKWATER JACK which Carole sang on her landmark album “Tapestry” in ‘71, 

TAKE A GIANT STEP released by The Monkees as the flipside of their first million-seller 

LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE in ‘66 and later recorded by Taj Mahal and

 WASN’T BORN TO FOLLOW recorded by The Byrds on their ’68 album 

“The Notorious Byrd Brothers”. 


All song lyric extracts quoted above are © Sony/ATV Music.


US Chart positions quoted are as published originally in Billboard magazines; 

researched and compiled by Joel Whitburn in his series of Chart Books published 

by Record Research Inc. His books are available thru their website 

www.recordresearch.com


Rock on.


Alan Warner


Additional songwriter lists appear in the following previous editions of "The Door To Yesterday": 


Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson: Vol.3, No.3

Dave Bartholomew: Vol.2, No.19

Thom Bell: Vol.3, No.9

Charles Brown: Vol.2, No.25

Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil: Vol.2, No.6

Neil Sedaka: Vol.3, No.6

Leon Ware: Vol.3, No.12



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