Friday, June 20, 2014

Gerry Goffin, who...

...with Carole King wrote some of the biggest hits of the 1960s, died at age 75.

The pair collaborated on such songs as “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?,” “Up on the Roof,” “One Fine Day,” “Go Away Little Girl,” “Don’t Bring Me Down,” and “The Loco-Motion,” which made it all the way to No. 1 in 1962. That last one was sung by their babysitter, performing under the name Little Eva.

But I think my favorite of the bunch is “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” which was recorded by the Monkees in 1967. According to Wikipedia, the song was inspired by a street named Pleasant Valley Way, in West Orange, New Jersey where the couple was living at the time.

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