Carole King and husband Gerry Goffin

The Brill Building Songwriters - Gerry Goffin/Carole King

Episode 1

Episode date - November 3, 2006

How Music Changed

    Our next two shows will focus on the music created by songwriters associated with the Brill Building. There’s a lot of material that came from that part of New York City just above Times Square, and these writers have obviously had a profound impact on the state of popular music.

    One pairing in particular, though, deserves separate attention, if not only because of the number of hits they provided, than for the huge diversity of their output. Carole King and husband Gerry Goffin were kicking out hits as if they were disposable ditties. Perhaps they were seen in that light back in 1962, but listen to these songs now. It’s nearly impossible to deny the emotional and visceral impact of these songs, even as we slog our way through a subsequent century. “Goffin-King” is a brand name that symbolizes quality, and that is why they have earned their own spot on our list of the 250 most influential artists of all time.

    For good measure, we also feature many songs that Carole King composed after their divorce. Next show will give us the opportunity to focus on Mann/Weill, Greenwich/Barry, Pomus/Shuman, and even a bit of Neil Diamond.; Meanwhile, here is some of the best pop music ever written, all of it written by (or with) Carole King;

    1) It’s Too Late – Carole King

    2) Will You Love Me Tomorrow – The Shirelles

    3) It Might as Well Rain Until September – Carole King

    4) Take Good Care of My Baby – Bobby Vee

    5) The Locomotion – Little Eva

    6) He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss) – The Crystals

    7) One Fine Day – The Chiffons

    8) Go Away Little Girl – Steve Lawrence

    9) Crying in the Rain – The Everly Brothers

    10) Chains – The Beatles

    11) Up on the Roof – The Drifters

    12) Her Royal Majesty – Bobby Darren

    13) Hey Girl – Freddie Scott

    14) Oh No Not My Baby – Maxine Brown

    15) I’m Into Something Good – Herman’s Hermits

    16) Just Once in My Life – The Righteous Brothers

    17) Don’t Bring Me Down – The Animals

    18) Take a Giant Step – The Monkees

    19) Sweet Young Thing – The Monkees

    20) Sometime in the Morning – The Monkees

    21) Pleasant Valley Sunday – The Monkees

    22) Star Collector – The Monkees

    23) The Porpoise Song (Theme from “Head”) – The Monkees

    24) As We Go Along – The Monkees

    25) No Easy Way Down – Dusty Springfield

    26) Goin’ Back – The Byrds

    27) You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin

    28) It’s Going to Take Some Time – The Carpenters

    29) You’ve Got a Friend – James Taylor

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