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Songwriter Gerry Goffin dies at 75
CNN ^ | 6/19/14 | Rachel Wells

Posted on 06/20/2014 6:59:52 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper

Gerry Goffin, a hit songwriter and former husband of Carole King, died early Thursday. He was 75.

Together with King, he wrote such classics as "The Loco-Motion," "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and "Up on the Roof."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: again; gerrygoffin; music; obituary
Lots of memories....just a PARTIAL list of songs he wrote is here: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_songs_written_by_Goffin_and_King
1 posted on 06/20/2014 6:59:52 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper
AND the lyrics could be understood.

RIP, GG

2 posted on 06/20/2014 7:07:24 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: SoFloFreeper
I was watching a Pink Floyd clip earlier ... Live At Pompeii .. and it occurred to me what I loved about the 60's and early 70's was the creativity and work ethic of that time/era.

People's minds were fertile and actively producing and manifesting quality.

I stopped after the word 'quality' because I realized ... it wasn't as an adjective I was thinking ... but a noun.

3 posted on 06/20/2014 7:08:29 AM PDT by knarf (brooklyn bridge)
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To: knarf

What you also loved about the 60s and 70s is that the music was the music of your youth, and so it has instilled a heuristic in your mind that makes you less likely to perceive the creativity and hard work that go into contemporary music.


4 posted on 06/20/2014 7:13:49 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: SoFloFreeper

“...former husband of Carole King...”
Not a resume enhancer, IMO.

RIP.


5 posted on 06/20/2014 7:17:33 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: carriage_hill

She wrote the music for all the best songs he wrote the lyrics for. She enhanced him quite a bit.


6 posted on 06/20/2014 7:18:08 AM PDT by Borges
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To: knarf

I teach guitar and piano. The majority of my students are between the ages of 8 and 15.

WITHOUT EXCEPTION, these kids ask me to teach them the music of the 60’s and 70’s, what is now called “Classic Rock”.

Sometimes they do an occasional contemporary pop hit, but usually they drop the song after a few weeks and go back to their usual repertoire of Beatles, Stones, Motown, Carole King, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Eagles, and Lots and Lots of Blues.

It makes my job extremely pleasant! :-)


7 posted on 06/20/2014 7:19:16 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: left that other site

I am a guitar teacher also, along with another half dozen instruments, and couldn’t agree more! Students that learn 60s and 70s songs are absolutely prepared for anything that comes at them. Of course, reading music (not just tab) is a must for kids,though I give the ‘old-timers’ a little slack on the reading..


8 posted on 06/20/2014 7:23:38 AM PDT by ArtDodger
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To: wideawake
I would't say that I can't or don't perceive the creativity and hard work of contemporary music/musicians ... I AM saying that I'm not aware of contemporary forms of (Allman Bros. Whipping Post ((e.g.)) going live for 50 or 60 minutes).

I appreciated the physicality of R&R bands on stage for hours ... or three bands at Watkin's Glen performing all together at the close of a two day festival (or was it three?)

I think also the words of that musical era were more .. I don't know .. adult ... than the teenage love of the 50's/early 60's



But .... you also may be correct.

9 posted on 06/20/2014 7:25:03 AM PDT by knarf (brooklyn bridge)
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To: left that other site; ArtDodger

Appreciate your comments ... thanx


10 posted on 06/20/2014 7:26:25 AM PDT by knarf (brooklyn bridge)
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To: Borges; carriage_hill
She wrote the music for all the best songs he wrote the lyrics for. She enhanced him quite a bit.

i agree! she is top-notch... she started so young... plus i think it is extraordinary that she was friends with Paul Simon in high school, and they used to do recording sessions together... and she also dated Neil Sedaka--another great song writer... what a terrific circle of friends!

11 posted on 06/20/2014 7:27:00 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: latina4dubya

What a terrific era


12 posted on 06/20/2014 7:27:39 AM PDT by knarf (brooklyn bridge)
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To: ArtDodger

Thank you for your affirmation! :-)

I love the special guitar music paper that combines Staff lines, tab and Chord frames all on the same page. By seeing all three visual graphs combined with hearing the notes and the muscle memory in the fingering, new pathways are formed in the brain.

One of the tunes that I use for sight-reading is “As Tears Go By” by the Stones.


13 posted on 06/20/2014 7:28:08 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: knarf

:-)


14 posted on 06/20/2014 7:30:03 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: left that other site

They KNOW it sounds good.
Always will.
Quality lasts thru the ages.

Look at Renaissance painting or classical Greek and Roman statuary.

REAL ART lasts forever.

RAP/HIP HOP will eventually wind up in the landfill of forgotten wannabes.................


15 posted on 06/20/2014 7:30:34 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: left that other site
As Tears Go By
16 posted on 06/20/2014 7:30:43 AM PDT by knarf (brooklyn bridge)
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To: knarf
What a terrific era

And with Jersey Boys opening this weekend, it could be due for a little resurgence.

17 posted on 06/20/2014 7:34:43 AM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: Red Badger

Indeed.

Much of today’s pop music is sung over a “loop”. There is even software that produces “loops” on a computer, and then the lyrics are merely floated over it. Some loops have as little as ONE chord. Recording software has “Auto-correct” for vocals, so there is no need to even sing on pitch!

The result is soul-less, formulaic, and forgettable.

That’s why our few forays into contemporary pop music end up sounding pathetic when played on real instruments.

You are right...Quality lasts through the ages, and does not become “dated”


18 posted on 06/20/2014 7:39:51 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: knarf

thanks for that! ;-)


19 posted on 06/20/2014 7:41:51 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: wideawake
What you also loved about the 60s and 70s is that the music was the music of your youth, and so it has instilled a heuristic in your mind that makes you less likely to perceive the creativity and hard work that go into contemporary music.

Thats part of it.

But more than ever music is a reflection of public tastes, and no one can accuse public tastes of becoming more nuanced and refined since the 60s.

I also believe its harder for innovation, Pet Sounds in 66 for example, possibly because of the corporatization of the industry.

Just my uninformed opinion.

20 posted on 06/20/2014 7:42:27 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: wideawake

What you also loved about the 60s and 70s is that the music was the music of your youth, and so it has instilled a heuristic in your mind that makes you less likely to perceive the creativity and hard work that go into contemporary music.

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I read an article a few months back that suggested that mental pathways were created early on in our brains based on the music that we heard as our brains were developing. I was born in the late 50s.

Mom: Great folk scare
Dad: jazz, especially swing, classical music
Bro #1: Zappa
Bro #2: Stones, Stones and more Stones
Sis: Motown and folk rock, esp CSN&Y

No wonder I am a musical schizo, heck, more like a musical Sybil.

Has made me a pretty versatile musician though.


21 posted on 06/20/2014 7:43:15 AM PDT by dmz
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To: skeeter
I also believe its harder for innovation

I should say its harder for innovative music to reach a wider audience & so influence the direction of popular music...

22 posted on 06/20/2014 7:44:30 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: latina4dubya

23 posted on 06/20/2014 8:01:09 AM PDT by Borges
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To: left that other site
The F and MF words became popular and easily spoken in all kinds of company and I believe that language opened the gates of inhibition and allowed those with the initiative and drive to perform and produce.

Many guys could never admit to being groupies, but we emulated our idols by working (especially us blue collar types) as hard as they did.

The sight and sounds of Lynyrd SkyNyrd (e.g) were an attestation to us northern boys that we were all in this together

Hell ... I have so much starting to flow , I'm just running off at the mind ... I think I'll go vegitate on youtube for a while .... I miss the 60's and early 70's music

24 posted on 06/20/2014 8:04:32 AM PDT by knarf (brooklyn bridge)
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To: latina4dubya; Borges; carriage_hill
Carole King wrote my favorite song of hers apparently before teaming up with Goffin. It was arranged and conducted by Don Costa, one of the top pop music arrangers of the day.

Goin' Wild--Carole King

25 posted on 06/20/2014 8:11:54 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: knarf

It’s easy to “edit” the occasional “hell” or “damn” in the occasional Classic Rock Song for my pre-teens to perform (Uncle John’s band, Hotel California, etc), but the content of most rap and hip hop stuff is impossible to “clean up”, without rewriting the whole thing. It’s not just the words, it’s the spirit of the song. I agree with you. Time to put on some old Allman bros records! :-)


26 posted on 06/20/2014 8:17:12 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: knarf
Try Amazon music. They group as an example the 50 top classic rock, country, classical songs etc. You see a list with a play button to hear 30 seconds. Pick out what you like then go to youtube and search for the whole song. www.amazon.com/Music‎
27 posted on 06/20/2014 8:19:26 AM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: wideawake

To find the creative and hard working musicians of today requires hunting them down. They are out there, but are mostly not on the radio.


28 posted on 06/20/2014 8:20:01 AM PDT by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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To: left that other site; ArtDodger

My two (previously) teenage daughters loved my Suzi Quatro “Can The Can” album (vinyl LP purchased in 1974/75 while in the USN).

The youngest (now 23) can easily sing, word for word, many of the oldie goldies...Beatles, Stones, Elton John, Eagles, Billie Joel. Plus, most current stuff.

I’m a proud dad.


29 posted on 06/20/2014 9:13:17 AM PDT by moovova
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To: moovova

That’s Terrific!

Good taste! :-)


30 posted on 06/20/2014 9:22:45 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: moovova

Joel is great for piano lessons. :)


31 posted on 06/20/2014 9:24:26 AM PDT by Borges
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To: moovova

My Dad was a navy man, and he also loved music.

Even as a senior citizen, he moved effortlessly between Vinyl, Reel-to-reel, Cassettes, CD’s and DVD’s, and his musical tastes were fearless! :-)


32 posted on 06/20/2014 9:27:30 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: Borges

Indeed. I teach piano too and I agree.


33 posted on 06/20/2014 9:28:04 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: left that other site

“My dad...Vinyl, Reel-to-reel, Cassettes, CD’s and DVD’s...”

I took the same path.

I’m sure your dad bought many albums at base Navy Exchanges. Plentiful, cheap music! I used to hide albums behind clothing display stands
until payday so they wouldn’t get bought out from under me.

And now...microSD!

Will soon be in the process of converting several hundred old vinyls to digital...which will ultimately wind up on the smartphone microSD. A couple hundred cds already reside there.

Love gigabytes.


34 posted on 06/20/2014 9:48:56 AM PDT by moovova
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To: moovova

During WW2, Dad played records for his fellow sailors, and told the stories of the music as entertainment for them.

It stunned the captain one day as he went out on deck and the sailors were whistling the “Soldiers Chorus” from Faust as they swabbed the deck! LOL.


35 posted on 06/20/2014 9:52:41 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: left that other site

Wow!


36 posted on 06/20/2014 9:55:05 AM PDT by moovova
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To: moovova

I absolutely LOVED my Dad. It is because of him that I am a songwriter, teacher, and music producer (not to mention a Patriotic FReeper) to this day.


37 posted on 06/20/2014 10:13:59 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: Fiji Hill

Wow, that’s one that slipped thru the cracks. I don’t remember it at all in ‘58/’59.


38 posted on 06/20/2014 12:29:27 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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