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Gerry Goffin

Bruce Pollock, 'In Their Own Words' (Collier Books) , 1975

ALONG WITH HIS first wife, composer Carole King, Gerry Goffin has been responsible for some of the most memorable and enduring music of the early sixties. Working out of Don Kirshner's tiny Aldon Music factory, the same publishing house which spawned lyricists Cynthia Weil (‘Blame It On The Bossa Nova’), Howard Greenfield (‘Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen’), Lee Kolber (‘Patches’), Gerry Goffin practically wrote the scenario for a generation that cruised the highway in beat-up roadsters, hung out in team jackets at drive-in burger stands or Carvels, and found love to the tune of the Top Forty radio stations in the back seat parked beyond the empty lots down alongside the swamp.

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