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1650 vs. 1619 Broadway – Opposing Homes of the Hits

 

The story of “The Brill Building” is – in reality – a Tale of Two Cities

The Brill Building was located at 1619 Broadway in New York City.  It was the congregating place for music publishers, song writers, promo men and hustlers and it’s official opening of the doors in 1931 was the culmination of a long-time march by the participants in New York’s “Tin Pan Alley” from their former digs along 28th Street  – a March which had commenced back in 19th Century New York when Vaudeville and sheet music ruled the day. The Brill environment was old school a place that Brill Building Era biographer Ken Emerson alluded to as “the home of old timers, the ‘Shine on Harvest Moon guys’.  And so it was only natural that when an invader appeared on the scene, ranks would rapidly close and the doors of the Brill Building would be battened down. The office spaces in the upper floors of the Brill Building housed the most established music publishing firms and composers, promoters and so on.  At the lower floor of the Brill it was common for those not being able to afford a cubicle space to simply work from the large bank of phones located there.

Not Welcome Here

Image result for young frank sinatraImage result for mitch miller The ‘invader’ of course was rock ‘n’ roll – and as far as the old guard was concerned – it was no better than either one of it’s birth parents – rhythm and blues (think “race music”) and that particularly disgusting low-life form, country or more appropriately for the era – “hillbilly music”.  Two very vocal detractors barking out often against rock and roll were Columbia Records’ Mitch Miller – and more so – Frank Sinatra who derided the music as music “written for the most part by cretinous goons”.  And further “It manages to be the martial music of every sideburned delinquent on the face of the earth.  It is the most brutal, ugly, desperate, vicious form of expression it has been my misfortune t hear.” And so with the lines firmly drawn in the sand, the practitioners of the primitive music forms had to land somewhere – and it had to be in New York City – and it might as well best be close the action.  The Brill Building and 1650 Broadway were located very near the theaters and other entertainment centers that had evolved over time in New York City.  And so 1650 Broadway began to attract the young pups – many not old enough to enter one of the bars located in the lower realms of the Brill Building or adjacent to either building. 1650 Broadway – located a mere two blocks from the Brill – would become a natural receptacle for the new set, all chomping at the bit to add their two cents worth to the new rebellious music. The entry way to 1650 Broadway (which was not actually on Broadway, but an adjacent street) was jazzed up, hipper, than the staunch more conservative appearance of the Brill.  The Brill Building’s doors were carefully guarded by a receptionist and no one got in without an appointment.  1619 was the polar opposite:  If you had a song or an idea, you walked in and began knocking on doors.  Occupants were housed in small cubicles usually equipped with little else beyond a couple of wooden chairs and a piano.  And most of the occupants were receptive to anyone with an idea for a song.

ASCAP VS. BMI – On Opposite Sides of the Block

ASCAP logo 2016.pngLogo bmi.jpg Parallel to the generation gap and the dividing line between 1650 and 1619 Broadway were the two music publishing organizations serving the publishing community.  The difference between the two organizations was as stark as the contrast between the occupants of the two buildings. Both were founded to represent and collect royalties for musicians and writers. ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) was founded in 1914 by Victor Herbert accompanied by several composers.  Stemming from it’s founding origins, it was only natural that the society would align strongly with the establishment in the music world – i.e. such as those occupying the Brill Building. BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.,) grew out of the broadcasting industry and the burgeoning world of radio programming.  Radio stations were at odds with ASCAP, who kept raising its fees, and in 1941 many stations refused to renew their licenses and took it a step further, refusing to play ASCAP licensed songs on the air.  BMI was founded directly by the National Association of Broadcasters in order to provide lower cost fees and licensing. During a ten-month ASCAP boycott by the BMI members, radio stations turned to regional music and took a hard look and listen to country, rock and roll and R&B – exposing thousands of listeners to something they had scarcely heard previously.

The Old Guard: Johnny Burke; Jimmy Van Heusen; Irving Chase; Lee Robin; Dorothy Fields; Howard Dietz; Yip Harburg

BMI actively sought out the musicians and composers that ASCAP typically shunned, namely race music and rock and roll.  Other forms were also ignored by ASCAP including Latin music, folk and country. And so when all was settled in – ASCAP was firmly entrenched with the Brill Building at 1650 Broadway and BMI was a welcome companion at 1619!. 1619 Broadway was actually an older facility than the Brill, constructed 10 years earlier.  In fact, many ‘Tin Pan Alley’-types resided in at 1619 in the beginning – not being able to afford or not wanting to pay the higher rents of the Brill.  But by the mid 1950’s the old timers were moving out of 1619 and so there would be ample room for the new eager young arrivals. 1619’s occupants were a revolving, exchanging, sharing and ever evolving group of practitioners.  Writing teams of lyricists and tune composers were ever shifting and experimenting.  But out of this creative whirlwind emerged seven teams who would contribute an astonishing catalog of classic hit songs which changed music forever.

They Wrote the Songs

Three of the teams were married couples:  Barry Mann and Cynthia Well; Carole King & Jerry Goffin; and Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich.  The other four pairings were Neil Sedaka with Howard Greenfield; Doc Pomus with Mort Shuman; Burt Bacharach with Hal David; and Jerry Leiber with Mike Stoller.

From Ken Emerson’s excellent “Always Magic In the Air – The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era”

Of the 14 writers depicted above, all but two have been inducted into the Song Writers Hall of Fame – those omitted being Doc Pomus and Howard Greenfeld to date. Members in these teams often worked with other composers but generally always gravitated back to the tried and true magic of collaborating with a familiar talent. The halls of 1619 were a bee hive of activity and on any given day one could run into one of the many others beyond the “Big Seven”: Andy Kim – Carole Bayer Sager – Toni Wine – Tony Orlando – Otis Blackwell – Shadow Morton – Laura Nyro – Gene Pitney – Phil Spector – Hugo and Luigi – David Gates – Tommy Boyce – Bobby Hart –  – just to name a few – with more pictured below. Both 1650 and 1619 Broadway also housed many music publishing firms – again lining up in opposing camps of the old and the new.

New Guard: Jerry Wexler; Phil Spector; Jack Keller; Russ Titelman; Hank Hunter; Helen Miller; Artie Resnick; Artie Kornfeld; Neil Diamond; Laura Nyro; Carole Bayer Sager

Welcome to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

These song writers certainly all would be honored to be inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – The following have made it so far: Carole King & Gerry Goffin, (1990); Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller (1987); Doc Pomus (1992); Mort Shuman 2010; Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil (2010); Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry (2010)

Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry with The Dixie Cups

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Little Eva Promoting Loco Motion – Goffin and King at right

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Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil Hard at Work

Cynthia Weil , Carole King, Barry Mann, and Gerry Goffin Collaborate

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Leiber and Stoller with The King

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Sedaka and Greenfield Get Down

The Brill Today

By 2013 the with the Brill Building’s golden era well past, the building stood functioning with about half of it’s available space standing vacant.  An idea was put forth to the “Song Writer’s Hall of Fame” which at the time was without a home to possibly move into the historic site.  In 2017, the New York Post announced that the Brill was for sale. Most news accounts of the Brill Building usually confuse the occupants with the youngsters over at 1650 Broadway.  The building was purchased for nearly $186 million in 2013.  It’s 2017 price of $300 million did not attract a financier.

Selected Hitography – 1619 Broadway Song Writers

All of the songs listed below charted in the Billboard Hot 100 – There were many, many more tunes which reached the regional charts and the ‘Bubbling Under’ charts as well as the Country & R&B charts.  All in all these seven prolific teams laid down a treasure chest of golden hits – probably never to be equaled again.

Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman

Pomus - Shuman Doc Pomus was born in June of 1927 in Brooklyn Jerome Solon Felder.  His primary composing partner was Mort Shuman.  Mort was born in November of 1938 also in Brooklyn. Pomus was a victim of polio which confined him most of his life to crutches and more permanently to a wheel chair.  Pomus true love was rhythm and blues and much of his song writing often just deterred his bills. Pomus died on March 14th, 1991 at age 65 after contracting lung cancer.   Shuman passed away on November 2nd, 1938 also from cancer at age 52.
  • True Love, True Love – The Drifters – 1959
  • Angel Face – James Darren – 1959
  • I Dig Girls – Bobby Rydell – 1959
  • Hushabye – The Mystics – 1959
  • Sweets for My Sweet – The Drifters – 1959 & The Searchers – 1966
  • Just Ask Your Heart – Frankie Avalon – 1959
  • Go Jimmy Go – Jimmy Clanton – 1959
  • Turn Me Loose – Fabian – 1959
  • Hound Dog Man – Fabian – 1959
  • A Teenager In Love – Dion and the Belmonts – 1959
  • This Magic Moment – The Drifters – 1960 & Jay and the Americans – 1968
  • Save The Last Dance For Me – The Drifters – 1960
  • I Count the Tears – The Drifters – 1960
  • A Mess Of Blues – Elvis – 1960
  • His Latest Flame – Elvis – 1961
  • Surrender – Elvis – 1961
  • Little Sisters – Elvis – 1961
  • Room Full of Tears – The Drifters – 1961
  • She’s Not You – Elvis – 1961
  • Spanish Lace – Gene McDaniels – 1962
  • Can’t Ge Used to Losing You – 1962
  • Seven Day Weekend – Gary US Bonds – 1962
  • It’s a Lonely Town – Gene McDaniels – 1963
  • (You’re The) Devil in Disguise – 1963
  • Little Children – Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas – 1964
  • Wrong For Each Other – Andy Williams – 1964
  • Viva Las Vegas – Elvis – 1964
  • Suspicion – Terry Stafford – 1964
  • Here I Go Again – The Hollies – 1964
  • Get It While You Can – Janis Joplin – 1971

Neil Sedaka & Howard Greenfield

Sedaka & Greenfield Neil Sedaka was born in Brooklyn in March of 1939.  He was an early member of “The Tokens” and teamed up with Howard Greenfield to compose many hits for himself as well as others.  Like Carole King, Neil enjoyed a second recording (and composing) rebirth in the 1970’s.  Greenfield was born in March of 1936 in Brooklyn. Neil continues on today.  Howard Greenfield died on March 4th, 1986 at age 49 expiring from complications inflicted by AIDS.
  • The Diary – Neil Sedaka – 1958
  • Stupid Cupid – Connie Francis – 1958
  • Since You’ve Been Gone – Clyde McPhatter – 1959
  • Another Sleepless Night – Jimmy Clanton – 1960
  • Don’t Read the Letter – Patti Page – 1960
  • Oh! Carol – Neil Sedaka – 1960
  • Calendar Girl – Neil Sedaka – 1960
  • My Heart Has a Mind of It’s Own – Connie Francis – 1960
  • Run Samson Run – Neil Sedaka – 1960
  • Little Devil – Neil Sedaka – 1961
  • Breakin’ in a Brand New Broken Heart – Connie Francis – 1961
  • What Am I Gonna Do – Jimmy Clanton – 1961
  • Where the Boys Are – Connie Francis – 1961
  • Crying in the Rain – The Everly Brothers – 1962
  • Next Door to An Angel – Neil Sedaka – 1962
  • Breaking Up Is Hard to Do – Neil Sedaka – 1962
  • Poor Little Puppet – Cathy Carroll – 1962
  • Hail to the Conquering Hero – James Darren – 1962
  • Venus In Blue Jeans – Jimmy Clanton – 1962
  • Rumors – Johnny Crawford – 1962
  • Alice In Wonderland – Neil Sedaka – 1963
  • Your Used to Be – Brenda Lee – 1963
  • Let’s Go Steady Again – Neil Sedaka – 1963
  • Foolish Little Girl – The Shirelles – 1963
  • Charms – Bobby Vee – 1963
  • It Hurts to Be In Love – Gene Pitney – 1964
  • Workin’ On A Groovy Thing – The 5th Dimension – 1969
  • Time Waits For No One – The Friends of Distinction – 1970
  • Puppet Man – Tom Jones – 1971
  • Laughter In the Rain – Neil Sedaka – 1974
  • The Immigrant – Neil Sedaka – 1975
  • Bad Blood – Neil Sedaka – 1975
  • Love Will Keep Us Together – Captain & Tennille – 1975
  • Solitaire – The Carpenters – 1975
  • You Never Done It Like That – Captain & Tennille – 1978

Burt Bacharach & Hal David

Bacharach & David Burt Bacharach was born in May of 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri Burt Freeman Bacharach.  His primary writing companion would be Hal David.  Hal David was born in New York City in May of 1921 Harold Lane David. David composed for many musicians prior to meeting up with Burt Bacharach including Sammy Kaye, Guy Lombardo, The Three Suns and many more.  He died On September 1st, 2012 at age 91.
  • Story of My Life – Marty Robbins – 1956
  • Magic Moments – Perry Como – 1958
  • The Blob – The Five Blobs – 1958
  • Broken Hearted Melody – Sarah Vaughn – 1959
  • My Heart is an Open Book – Carl Dobkins, Jr. – 1959
  • Outside My Window – The Fleetwoods – 1960
  • Tower of Strength – Gene McDaniels – 1961
  • Please Stay – The Drifters – 1961
  • Sea of Heartbreak – Don Gibson – 1961
  • Johnny Get Angry – Joanie Sommers – 1962
  • Make It Easy On Yourself – Jerry Butler – 1962
  • Any Day Now – Chuck Jackson – 1962
  • Don’t Make Me Over – Dionne Warwick – 1962
  • (The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance – 1962
  • True Love Never Runs Smooth – Gene Pitney – 1963
  • Wives and Lovers – Jack Jones – 1963
  • Blue On Blue – Bobby Vinton – 1963
  • Be True To Yourself – Bobby Vee – 1963
  • Wishin’ and Hopin’ – Dusty Springfield – 1964
  • What the World Needs Now Is Love – Jackie DeShannon – 1965
  • My Little Red Book – Manfred Mann – 1965
  • Trains and Boats and Planes – Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas – 1965
  • Alfie – Dionne Warwick – 1967
  • Aretha Franklin – I Say a Little Prayer – 1968
  • The Look of Love – Serigio Mendes & Brasil ’66 – 1969
  • Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head – B.J. Thomas – 1969
  • Baby It’s You – Smith – 1969
  • One Less Bell to Answer – The 5th Dimension – 1970
  • (They Long To Be (Close To You) – The Carpenters – 1970
  • Casino Royale – Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – 1972
  • It Was Almost Like A Song – Ronnie Milsap – 1977
  • Theme From Arthur – Christopher Cross – 1981
  • Heartlight – Neil Diamond – 1982

Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil

Ellie Greenwich & Barry Mann Barry Mann was born in February of 1939 in Brooklyn Barry Imberman.  His writing partner was Cynthia Weil whom he married in August of 1961.  They continue on today as a couple residing in California.
  • She Say (Oom Dooby Doom) – The Diamonds – 1959
  • Footsteps – Steve Lawrence – 1960
  • Happy Times Are Here Again – Tony Orlando – 1961
  • I Love How You Love Me – The Paris Sisters – 1961 & Bobby Vinton – 1958
  • Sweet Little You – Neil Sedaka – 1961
  • My Dad – Paul Petersen – 1962
  • Conscience – Paul Petersen – 1962
  • It Might As Well Rain Until September – Carole King – 1962
  • He’s Sure The Boy I Love – The Crystals – 1962
  • Where Have You Been (All My Life – Arthur Alexander – 1962
  • James Darren – Mary’s Little Lamb – 1962
  • I’ll Never Dance Again – Bobby Rydell – 1962
  • Johnny Loves Me – Johnny Angel – 1962
  • Come Back Silly Girl – The Lettermen – 1962
  • Patches – Dickey Lee – 1962
  • Uptown – The Crystals – 1962
  • Heart – Wayne Newton – 1963
  • The Grass Is Greener – Brenda Lee – 1963
  • Blame it On The Bossa Nova – Eydie Gorme – 1963
  • On Broadway – The Drifters – 1963
  • Only In America – Jay & The Americans – 1963
  • I’ll Take You Home – The Drifters – 1963
  • Don’t Be Afraid Little Darling – Steve Lawrence – 1963
  • Proud – Johnny Crawford – 1963
  • Saturday Night at the Movies – The Drifters – 1964
  • Looking Through the Eyes of Love – Gene Pitney – 1964
  • You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – The Righteous Brothers – 1964
  • I’m Gonna Be Strong – Gene Pitney – 1964
  • Walking In the Rain – The Ronettes – 1964 & Jay & The Americans – 1969
  • We Gotta Get Out of This Place – 1965
  • Who Put The Bump – Barry Mann – 1965
  • It’s Gonna Be Fine – Glenn Yarbrough – 1965
  • Home of the Brave – Jody Miller – 1965
  • Born To Be Together – The Ronettes – 1965
  • Soul & Inspiration – The Righteous Brothers – 1966
  • Kicks – Paul Revere and the Raiders – 1966
  • Hungry – Paul Revere & The Raiders – 1966
  • Magic Town – The Vogues – 1966
  • Brown Eyed Woman – Bill Medley – 1968
  • Shapes of Things To Come – Max Frost & Troopers – 1968
  • It’s Getting Better – Mama Cass – 1969
  • Let Me Be the One – Peaches & Herb – 1969
  • I Just Can’t Help Believing – B. J. Thomas – 1970
  • When You Get Right Down To It – The Delfonics – 1970
  • New World Coming – Mama Cass – 1970
  • Rock and Roll Lullabye – B.J. Thomas – 1972
  • Here You Come Again – Dolly Parton – 1977
  • Just Once – James Ingram – 1981
  • Running With the Night – Lionel Ritchie – 1983
  • Somewhere Out There – Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram – 1986
  • I Will Come To You – Hanson – 1997

Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry

Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry Jeff Barry was born in Brooklyn in April of 1938 Joel Adelberg.  His song partner and wife was Ellie Greenwich born in Brooklyn in October of 1940 Eleanor Louise Greenwich.  The couple met in Greenwich Village in 1959 eventually marrying in 1962.  The couple recorded as “The Raindrops” releasing several singles on Jubilee. Ellie Greenwich passed away on August 26th, 2009 in New York City.
  • Tell Laura I Love Her – Ray Peterson – 1960
  • Teenage Sonata – Sam Cooke – 1960
  • I’ll Take You Where the Music’s Playing – The Drifters – 1961
  • What A Sweet Thing That Was – The Shirelles – 1961
  • Chip Chip – Gene McDaniels – 1962
  • I Left My Heart In The Balcony – Linda Scott – 1962
  • Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home) – The Crystals – 1963 & David Cassidy – 1977
  • What a Guy – The Raindrops – 1963
  • Then He Kissed Me – The Crystals – 1963
  • The Kind Of Boy You Can’t Forget – The Raindrops – 1963
  • Be My Baby – The Ronettes – 1963 & Andy Kim 1970
  • Baby I Love You – The Ronettes – 1963 & Andy Kim – 1969
  • Wait Til’ My Bobby Gets Home – Darlene Love – 1963
  • Not Too Young Not To Get Married – Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans – 1963
  • Give Us Your Blessing – Ray Peterson – 1963
  • That Boy John – The Raindrops – 1963
  • A Fine, Fine Boy – Darlene Love – 1963
  • Why Do Lovers Break Each Other’s Heart? – Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans – 1963
  • He’s Got the Power – The Exciters – 1963
  • One Boy Too Late – Mike Clifford – 1963
  • All Grown Up – The Crystals – 1964
  • I Wanna Love Him So Bad – The Jelly Beans – 1964
  • The Look of Love – Leslie Gore – 1964
  • Don’t Ever Leave Me – Connie Francis – 1964
  • One More Tear – The Raindrops – 1964
  • Little Bell – The Dixie Cups – 1964
  • People Say – The Dixie Cups – 1964
  • Maybe I Know – Leslie Gore – 1964
  • Leader of the Laundromat – The Detergents – 1964
  • Do Wah Diddy Diddy – Manfred Mann – 1964
  • He Ain’t No Angel – The Ad Libs – 1964
  • Baby Be Mine – The Jelly Beans
  • The Chapel of Love – The Dixie Cups – 1964
  • The Leader of the Pack – The Shangri-Las – 1964
  • Good Night Baby – The Butterflys – 1964
  • Out In the Streets – The Shangri-Las – 1964
  • Give Us Your Blessings – The Shanri-Las – 1965
  • Hanky Panky – Tommy James & The Shondells – 1966
  • River Deep Mountain High – Ike and Tina Turner – 1966 & Supremes/Temptations – 1970
  • I Can Hear Music – The Ronettes – 1966 & The Beach Boys – 1969
  • Am I Grooving You – Freddie Scott – 1967
  • How’d We Ever Get This Way – Andy Kim – 1968
  • Rainbow Ride – Andy Kim – 1968
  • Bang-Shang-A-Lang – The Archies – 1968
  • Shoot Em Up Baby – Andy Kim – 1968
  • Did You See Her Eyes – The Illusion – 1969
  • So Good Together – Andy Kim – 1969
  • A Friend In the City – Andy Kim – 1969
  • Sugar Sugar – The Archies – 1969 & Wilson Picket – 1970
  • Montego Bay – Bobby Bloom – 1970
  • It’s Your Life – Andy Kim – 1970
  • Sunshine – The Archies – 1970
  • Lay a Little Lovin’ On Me – Robin McNamara – 1970
  • Make Me Happy – Bobby Bloom – 1971
  • We’re All Goin’ Home – Bobby Bloom – 1971
  • I’ve Been Moved – Andy Kim – 1971
  • Sister James – Nino Tempo & The 5th Avenue Sax – 1973
  • Wake Up And Love Me – April Stevens – 1973
  • I Honestly Love You – Olivia Newton-John – 1974
  • Keep It Confidential – Nona Hendryx – 1983
  • The Last Time I Made Love – Joyce Kennedy & Jeffrey Osborne – 1985
  • Take Me Home Tonight – Eddie Money – 1986
  • Nasty Girl – Nitty – 2004

Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller

Image result for leiber and stoller Jerry Leiber was born in April of 1933 Jerome Leiber in Baltimore, Maryland. Mike Stoller was born in Long Island in March of the same year.  Jerry passed away on August 22nd, 2011.
  • Hound Dog – Big Mama Thornton – 1952 (only charted R&B) & Elvis – 1956
  • Framed – The Robins – 1954 (did not chart)
  • Bazoom – the Cheers – 1954
  • Black Denim Trousers & Motorcycle Boots – The Cheers – 1955
  • Smokey Joe’s Cafe – The Coasters – 1955
  • Ruby Baby – The Drifters – 1956 (charted R&B)
  • Down In Mexico – The Coasters – 1956
  • One Kiss Led to Another – The Coasters – 1956
  • Lucky Lips – Ruth Brown – 1957 & Cliff Richard 1963
  • Love Me – Elvis – 1956
  • Fools Fall In Love – Elvis – 1957 & The Drifters – 1957
  • Searchin’ – The Coasters – 1957
  • Young Blood – The Coasters – 1957
  • Loving You – Elvis – 1957
  • Dancin’ – Perry Como – 1957
  • Jailhouse Rock – Elvis – 1957
  • Idol with the Golden Head – The Coasters – 1957
  • Treat Me Nice – Elvis – 1957
  • Don’t – Elvis – 1958
  • Yakety Yak – The Coasters – 1958
  • Drip Drop – The Drifters – 1958 & Dion – 1963
  • King Creole – Elvis – 1958
  • Charlie Brown – The Coasters – 1958
  • Along Came Jones – The Coasters – 1958 & Ray Stevens – 1969
  • Poison Ivy – The Coasters – 1958
  • I’m A Hog For You – The Coasters – 1958
  • Love Potion No. 9 – The Clovers – 1959
  • Kansas City – Wilbert Harrison – 1959 & The Midnighters – 1959
  • There Goes My Baby – The Drifters – 1959
  • Dance With Me – The Drifters – 1959
  • Run Red Run – The Coasters – 1959
  • You’re The Boss – Jimmy Ricks and Lavern Baker – 1961
  • Saved – Lavern Baker – 1961
  • Little Egypt – The Coasters – 1961
  • Girls, Girls, Girls – Elvis – 1961
  • Stand By Me – Ben E King – 1961 & Spyder Turner – 1966
  • I’ll Be There – Damita Jo – 1961
  • My Claire De Lune – Steve Lawrence – 1961
  • She’s Not You – Elvis – 1962
  • Tell Him – The Exciters – 1962
  • Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello – Elvis – 1962
  • I Keep Forgettin’ – Chuck Jackson – 1962
  • What To Do With Laurie – Mike Clifford – 1962
  • On Broadway – The Drifters – 1962
  • The Reverend Mr. Black – The Kingston Trio – 1962
  • Get Him – The Exciters – 1962
  • I (Who Have Nothing) – Ben E King – 1963
  • I’m A Woman – Peggy Lee – 1963
  • Only In America – Jay and the Americans – 1963
  • His Kiss – Betty Harris – 1964
  • D.W. Washburn – The Monkees – The Coasters – 1967
  • Is That All There Is – Peggy Lee – 1969
  • I Keep Forgettin’ – Michael McDonald – 1982

Carole King & Jerry Goffin

Carole King was born in February of 1942 Carol Joan Klein in Manhattan.  Gerry Goffin was born in February of 1939 in Brooklyn – Gerald Goffin.  The couple married in 1959 when Carol was still in her teens.  They divorced in the late 1970’s after both migrated to California. Carole King & Jerry Goffin placed 240 songs on the popularity charts primarily collaborating together but at times with others or solo. Forty-two of their songs entered the Top 20 and nine reached number 1. Jerry Goffin died on June 19th, 2014 while living in Los Angeles. Carole King & Jerry Goffin
  • Will You Love Me Tomorrow – The Shirelles – 1960 & The Four Seasons – 1968 & Roberta Flack – 1972 & Dave Mason – 1978
  • Every Breath I Take – Gene Pitney – 1961
  • Play It Again – Tina Robin – 1961
  • Who Put The Bomp – Barry Mann – 1961
  • Crying In the Rain – The Everly Brothers – 1961
  • How Many Tears – Bobby Vee – 1961
  • Halfway To Paradise – Tony Orlando – 1961 & Bobby Vinton – 1968
  • Take Good Care of My Baby – Bobby Vee – 1961 & Bobby Vinton – 1968
  • Happy Times – Tony Orlando – 1961
  • Some Kind of Wonderful – The Drifters – 1961 & Grand Funk – 1974
  • Run to Him – Bobby Vee – 1961
  • Don’t Ask Me To Be Friends – The Everly Brothers – 1962
  • Another Night With the Boys – The Drifters – 1962
  • I’ve Got Bonnie – Bobby Rydell – 1962
  • Keep Your Hands Off My Baby – Little Eva – 1962
  • Chains – The Cookies – 1962
  • He Knows I Love Him Too Much – The Paris Sisters – 1962
  • Her Royal Majesty – James Darren – 1962
  • The Locomotion – Little Eva – 1962 & Grand Funk – 1974 & Kylie Minogue – 1988
  • Point Of No Return – Gene McDaniels – 1962
  • I Can’t Say Goodbye – Bobby Vee – 1962
  • Why’d You Wanna Make Me Cry – Connie Stevens – 1962
  • How Can I Meet Her – The Everly Brothers – 1962
  • Up On the Roof – The Drifters – 1962 & The Cryan’ Shames – 1968 & Laura Nyro – 1970 & James Taylor – 1979
  • No One Can Make My Sunshine Smile – The Everly Brothers – 1962
  • Sharing You – Bobby Vee – 1962
  • Go Away Little Girl – Steve Lawrence – 1962 & The Happenings – 1966 & Donny Osmond – 1971
  • When My Little Girl Is Smiling – The Drifters – 1962 & Steve Alaimo – 1971
  • It Started All Over Again – Brenda Lee – 1962
  • Keep Your Love Locked – Paul Petersen – 1962
  • Let’s Turkey Trot – Little Eva – 1963
  • Old Smokey Locomotion – Little Eva – 1963
  • Walking Proud – Steve Lawrence – 1963
  • One Fine Day – The Chiffons & Julie – 1976 – Rita Coolidge – 1979 & Carole King – 1980
  • Will Power – The Cookies – 1963
  • Walkin’ With My Angel – Bobby Vee – 1961
  • This Little Girl – Dion – 1963
  • I Want to Stay Here – Steve & Eydie – 1963
  • Hey Girl – Freddie Scott – 1963 & Donny Osmond – 1971
  • He’s A Bad Boy – Carole King – 1963
  • Girls Grow Up Faster Than Boys – The Cookies – 1963
  • I Can’t Stay Mad at You – Skeeter Davis – 1963
  • Poor Little Rich Girl – Steve Lawrence – 1963
  • Don’t Try to Fight It Baby – Eydie Gorme – 1963
  • I Can’t Stop Talking About You – Steve & Eydie – 1963
  • Everybody Go Home – Eydie Gorme – 1963
  • Don’t Say Nothin’ Bad About My Baby – The Cookies – 1963
  • It’s Gonna Be Alright – Maxine Brown – 1964
  • He’s In Town – The Tokens – 1964
  • I Can’t Hear You – Betty Everett – 1964
  • Oh No, Not My Baby – Maxine Brown – 1964 & Merry Clayton – 1972 & Rod Stewart – 1973
  • Where Does Love Go – Freddie Scott – 1964
  • I Need You – Chuck Jackson – 1964
  • I’m Into Something Good – Earl-Jean – & Herman’s Hermits – both 1964
  • Sailor Boy – The Chiffons – 1964
  • Just Once In My Life – The Righteous Brothers – 1965
  • At The Club – The Drifters – 1965
  • Hung On You – The Righteous Brothers – 1965
  • Is This What I Get For Loving You? – The Ronettes – 1965
  • So Much In Love – Steve Alaimo – 1966
  • So Much Love – Ben E King – 1966
  • On This Side of Goodbye – The Righteous Brothers – 1966
  • Don’t Bring Me Down – The Animals  1966
  • Don’t Forget About Me – Barbara Lewis – 1966 & Dusty Springfield – 1969
  • Last Train to Clarksville – The Monkees – 1966
  • Goin’ Back – The Byrds – 1967
  • A Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin – 1967
  • Pleasant Valley Sunday – The Monkees – 1967
  • My Girl/Hey Girl (medley) – Bobby Vee – 1968
  • The Porpoise Song – The Monkees – 1968
  • I Can’t Make It Alone – Lou Rawls – 1969
  • What Am I Gonna Do – Smith – 1970
  • Sweet Sweetheart – Bobby Vee – 1970
  • Hi-De-Ho – Blood, Sweat and Tears – 1970
  • I’ll Meet You Halfway – The Partridge Family – 1971
  • I Feel The Earth Move – Carole King – 1971 & Martika – 1989
  • After All This Time – Merry Clayton – 1971
  • Where You Lead – Barbara Streisand – 1971
  • Nightingale – Carole King – 1971
  • No Sad Song – Helen Reddy – 1971
  • You’ve Got A Friend – James Taylor – & Roberta Flack with Donny Hathaway – both 1971
  • So Far Away – Carole King – 1971
  • Smackwater Jack – Carole King – 1971
  • It’s Too Late – Carole King – 1971
  • Sweet Seasons – Carole King – 1972
  • Been To Canaan – Carole King – 1972
  • It’s Going to Take Some Time – The Carpenters – 1972
  • I’ve Got To Use My Imagination – Gladys Knight & The Pips – 1973
  • Only Love Is Real – Carole King – 1973
  • Believe In Humanity – Carole King – 1973
  • Corazon – Carole King – 1973
  • Theme From Mahogany – Diana Ross – 1975
  • You Light Up My Life – Carole King – 1973 & Debby Boone – 1977
  • Jazzman – Carole King – 1974
  • High Out Of Time – Carole King – 1975
  • So Sad the Song – Gladys Knight & the Pips – 1976
  • Hard Rock Cafe – Carole King – 1977
  • Someone That I Used To Love – Natalie Cole – 1980
  • One More Chance – Diana Ross – 1981
  • One To One – Carole King – 1982
  • Tonight I Celebrate My Love – Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack – 1983
  • Saving All My Love For You – Whitney Houston – 1985
  • Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You – Glenn Medeiros – 1987
  • Long and Lasting Love – Glenn Medeiros – 1988
  • Forgive Me For Dreaming – Elisa Fiorillo – 1988
  • Heard ‘Em Say – kanYHeWest – 2006

Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman

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View The Pomus/Shuman Discography Page

You can view a comprehensive listing of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman compositions (most in collaboration with Shuman) at the Song Writer’s Hall Of Fame

Burt Bacharach & Hal David

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View The Bacharach/David Discography Page

You can view a comprehensive listing of Burt Bacharach and Hal David compositions at the Song Writer’s Hall Of Fame

Neil Sedaka & Howard Greenfield

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View The Sedaka/Greenfield Discography Page

You can view a comprehensive listing of Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield compositions at the Song Writer’s Hall Of Fame

Carole King & Gerry Goffin

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View The Carol King/Gerry Goffin Discography Page

You can view a comprehensive listing of Gerry Goffin and Carol King compositions at the Song Writer’s Hall Of Fame

Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich

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View The Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich Discography Page

You can view a comprehensive listing of Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich compositions at the Song Writer’s Hall Of Fame

Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil

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View Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil Discography Page

You can view a comprehensive listing of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil compositions at the Song Writer’s Hall Of Fame

Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller

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View the Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller Discography Page

You can view a comprehensive listing of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller nearly complete listing of compositions at the Leiber & Stoller Official Website – courtesy of Perry Stoller of Leiber/Stoller Productions.  Also visit the Song Writer’s Music Hall of Fame – for inductees Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

Other Brill Building Players

Hank Hunter

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