Carole King & Gerry Goffin
In 1958 a 16-year-old Carole King met Gerry Goffin at Queens College. The two became a couple and would spend their evenings writing songs together. At 17 King discovered she was pregnant, encouraged by her parents she married Goffin in a Jewish ceremony on Long Island in 1959. King gave birth to Louise Goffin Soon afterwards. (.)
In 1960 Goffin and King formed a song writing partnership with Aldon Music at 1650 Broadway in New York. With King composing music on piano and Goffin penning lyrics they composed a string of classic and cherished hits for artists during the Sixties including: “Up On the Roof” (the Drifters), “One Fine Day” (the Chiffons), “I’m Into Something Good” (Herman’s Hermits), “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (the Shirelles), “Take Good Care of My Baby” (Bobby Vee), “Chains” (the Cookies), “Don’t Bring Me Down” (the Animals), “Take a Giant Step” (the Monkees) and “Goin’ Back” (the Byrds). The prolific duo, who remained married for much of the Sixties, even tapped their babysitter to sing one of the songs they’d written, and the result was a Number One hit and a new dance craze: “The Loco-Motion,” by Little Eva.
Their success was so substantial that Don Kirshner set up a new label, Dimension, as a vehicle for Goffin-King songs, and the team moved into production and arranging as well. The pair kept abreast of stylistic changes on the vibrant Sixties scene, writing with vividness and versatility for British Invasion groups and R&B artists alike. They were paid a high compliment by the Beatles, who recorded their song “Chains” (previously a hit for the Cookies) and cited Goffin-King as songwriting influences. (.)