MEET THE GOFFIN & KING FOUNDATION

AMBASSADORS

Musical note for Goffin and king

Elvis Costello

“I would be stating the obvious to say that Carole King’s compositions are an essential part of popular music, the melodies like, “No Easy Way Down” have been my inspiration. Among the more unusual experiences we’ve shared was to play and sing for one night in Dublin, in a band accompanying Bob Dylan. Around that time, Carole and I wrote a song together at my house called, “Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter”. The song was so precious to me that it took twenty-five years to find the proper circumstances to do it justice in the studio on the album, “Look Now”.. 

I first registered Gerry Goffin’s lyrics as sung by Georgie Fame at “The Point Of No Return”. The E.P. “Fame At Last” also contained songs by great American lyricists, Jon Hendricks and Mose Allison adapting Willie Dixon. He could not have been in more appropriate company. From the heartfelt clarity and elusive simplicity of “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” and the poignancy of “Goin’ Back”  to the kaleidoscopic daring of “Wasn’t Born To Follow”, Gerry Goffin’s word kept pace with the possibilities of songwriting as I went from being a member of the listening audience to attempting to write by his and Carole’s example.”

~ Elvis Costello

Born in London and raised there and in Liverpool, D.P. MacManus – also known as Elvis Costello – has been performing in public for over fifty years, solo and with the bands Rusty, the Attractions and his current ensemble, The Imposters. 

He is a writer and part-time musician who made a number of records in the 20th Century, some of which are still remembered today.

Elvis Costello is the composer and lyricist of several hundred songs, including fifteen titles co-written with Paul McCartney, a twenty five-year songwriting collaboration with Burt Bacharach and renowned projects with Allen Toussaint, the Brodsky Quartet and T Bone Burnett with whom he wrote the Academy Award Nominated song, “The Scarlet Tide”. In 2018, Costello recorded “Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter”, a song written with Carole King.

Elvis Costello - Goffin & King Foundation

Photo credit: Lens O’Toole

Olivia Rodrigo
Musical note for Goffin and king

Olivia Rodrigo

Gerry Goffin and Carole King gave their songs that extra something special, something that speaks to people in every generation.  When they wrote Up On The Roof, Will You Love Me Tomorrow,  & (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman, social media didn’t exist. Words and melody presented by a singer were how most  people connected. When I hear those songs today, it inspires me to focus my creativity on what most endures. A song should be built like a strong ship. As a songwriter and singer, I’d tell anyone learning their craft to pay attention to the timeless songs written by Goffin & King.

~ Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia Rodrigo writes with unflinching honesty. Thanks to her deeply relatable lyrics and crushing emotional insights, her breakthrough single “driverslicense” instantly connected with listeners—debuting at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, going 5x platinum, and winning a Grammy® award for Best Pop Solo Performance. And that was just the beginning. The 19-year-old’s critically acclaimed, 3x-platinum debut album SOUR, which contains three further Top 10 hits, “deja vu,” “good 4 u,” and “traitor,” went on to

become the longest-running debut album in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 this century. “Olivia is the first female ever to have three songs (“drivers license,” “deju vu,” “good 4 u”) from one album pass the one billion streaming milestone on Spotify.”

Upon its release, SOUR scored the most U.S. audio streams for a female debut album ever and broke the record for the most-streamed album in a week by a female artist on Spotify with over 385M global streams. As a result, SOUR debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 295,000 album-equivalent units and became the first female artist, and the fourth act overall, to simultaneously chart 11 or more songs in the top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100. The album’s popularity extended around the globe, debuting

at No. 1 in the U.K., Canada, Ireland, Norway, Holland, Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand. Rodrigo’s staggering commercial success and artistic merit have been celebrated by both critics and peers.She won three awards at the 64th GRAMMY® Awards including Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album,and Best Pop Solo Performance, and earned four additional nominations. She became the second-

youngest artist in Grammy® history to score nods in each of the Big Four categories in the same year and delivered a show-stopping live rendition of “drivers license” to rave reviews by fans and critics.

Additionally, she won New Artist of the Year at the 2021 American Music Awards.

Not that critical praise is anything new for Rodrigo. SOUR was named the #1 Album of 2021 by Rolling Stone and called one of the Best Albums of 2021 by the New York Times. The project also landed at the top of several Billboard year-end lists including the Top Global 200 Artist, Top Overall New Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Hot 100 Female Artist, and Top Hot 100 Songwriter, among others. With over 1.1 billion

streams, “drivers license” was the top streamed song of 2021 (both in the U.S. and worldwide), while “good 4 u” also landed in the top five. Additionally, SOUR earned the number one spot as the most globally streamed album of the year. The young singer was also named Variety’s “Songwriter of the Year” and earned Apple Music Awards for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year.

This year, Rodrigo’s dominance has shown no signs of slowing down. In March, she released OLIVIA RODRIGO: driving home 2 u (a SOUR film). The film includes never-before-seen performances, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of Rodrigo recording the album alongside renowned songwriter/producer and

key collaborator Dan Nigro, as well as a road trip she took from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. The movie,which “succeeds in making you feel that it really is about the journey, not the destination” according to the New York Times, went on to win Best Music Documentary at the MTV Movie and TV Awards.

In the spring, Rodrigo kicked off her sold-out 2022 SOUR Tour performing in more than 40 cities across North America and Europe, and New York Times described the Portland date as a “punky heartbreak

revue.” Olivia took time out of her European headline tour for a memorable performance at Glastonbury. The Guardian called the set “thrilling” and the Independent said it was “one of the most iridescent shows of the day.” In February, Billboard also named her their Woman of the Year—and described Rodrigo as “one of the most authentic and exciting new artists to explode onto the scene in years.”

The speed of Rodrigo’s ascent to the very pinnacle of pop is unparalleled. By effortlessly building a passionate fandom, crafting iconic choruses, and focusing on intimate storytelling, her music has become an integral part of this era’s soundtrack.

 
Musical note for Goffin and king

Desmond Child

“Without knowing it… I had heard and danced to many Goffin & King songs in the playground on a borrowed transistor radio with the neighborhood kids growing up in the projects of Liberty City in Miami. But it was in high school that I discovered Laura Nyro and her Christmas and the Beads of Sweat album where the last song of side one was “Up On The Roof” written by Gerry Goffin & Carole King. That song which I would listen to over and over again… ignited my imagination of livin’ on a prayer in New York City… running up and down fire escapes, making love on rooftops and watching the cityscape light up one by one like a million fireflies.”

~ Desmond Child

Grammy winning and Emmy nominated songwriter-producer Desmond Child is one of music’s most prolific and accomplished hitmakers. He’s a film, television, theater and music producer, recording artist, performer, and author. His credits appear on more than eighty Billboard Top 40 singles spanning six decades, including “Livin’ On A Prayer,” “You Give Love A Bad Name,” “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” “Dude Looks Like A Lady,” “How Can We Be Lovers If We Can’t Be Friends,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” “The Cup Of Life,” “Waking Up In Vegas” and many more.

From Aerosmith to Zedd, his genre-defying collaborations also include KISS, Bon Jovi, Cher, Barbra Streisand, Alice Cooper, Joan Jett, Michael Bolton, Ricky Martin, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, Meat Loaf, Cyndi Lauper, Christina Aguilera, Selena Gomez, Ava Max, Mickey Mouse and Kermit the Frog, selling over 500 million records worldwide with downloads, YouTube views and streaming plays in the billions.

Ambassador - Desmond Child_Photo by Garrett Mills

Photo credit: Garrett Mills

Jennifer Hudson ambassador

Photo Credit: (AB+DM)

Musical note for Goffin and king

Jennifer Hudson

“Carole and Gerry’s songwriting is prolific and has always created a space that any artist would be lucky to explore. I had the privilege of knowing Ms. Aretha Franklin, who always inspired and encouraged me to use my voice, but it was Ms. King who reminded me to use my words. As an artist, there are certain individuals with whom you collaborate that change the way you tell stories and create, and Carole is one of those individuals for me. “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” is a deeply profound song for so many reasons – its depth resonates to this day and continues to serve as a reminder as to the power of music. I feel blessed and grateful to have had the opportunity to work with one of the brilliant minds behind it.”

~ Jennifer Hudson

A two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress, and Tony and Emmy Award-winning producer, Jennifer Hudson is the youngest female EGOT winner in history. From humble beginnings, Hudson began singing in a small Chicago church where, week after week, she brought the congregation to its feet. From there, she’s gone on to worldwide acclaim.

Hudson most recently cemented her historic status by earning a Tony Award as co-producer on this year’s Best Musical, “A Strange Loop”. This followed her electrifying turn as Aretha Franklin in the critically acclaimed biopic, “Respect,” a role for which she was handpicked by Franklin and garnered her a Screen Actors Guild nomination. She was named “Entertainer of the Year” at the 2022 NAACP Image Awards and recently earned Grammy and Golden Globe nominations for the film’s original song, “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home),” which she co-wrote alongside Jamie Hartman and the legendary Carole King. This fall, Hudson will debut her brand new, one-hour nationally syndicated talk show, “The Jennifer Hudson Show,” which will feature her powerful voice in a new way, bringing fun, uplifting, and empowering conversations to the forefront. Hudson has been named one of Time magazine’s “Most Influential People in the World,” starred in countless film and television projects, released chart-topping albums, made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning production of “The Color Purple,” and has been a celebrated coach on both the US and UK versions of the Emmy Award winning juggernaut “The Voice.” She also penned a New York Times best-selling memoir that inspired millions, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, sang at the Super Bowl, and has been invited to perform for countless world leaders, including multiple presidents, royalty, and the Pope. Hudson even has her own day named after her in the city of Chicago. In 2007, Hudson won an Academy Award for her role as Effie in the smash hit Dreamgirls, an adaptation of the Broadway musical. Her breakout film performance also garnered a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA and an NAACP Image Award. In 2009 along with her sister Julia, Hudson founded The Julian D. King Gift Foundation as a catalyst for change in children’s health, education and welfare. The Foundation exists to provide stability, support and positive experiences for children of all backgrounds.

Musical note for Goffin and king

Bob

Erzin

When I was 12 and all that mattered was night time radio, I was singing along to the mix of music that came thrumming from downtown Toronto and wafting across the lake from Buffalo, NY. There was pop and rock and folk and soul music too. I knew every song by heart. And I understood them all completely. They were simple and memorable and they all told stories. They all said “I love you” “dance this way” “this is the sad story of a young man who died with his lovers name on his lips”. They were definite. They often commanded: “do the Twist!”. They were descriptive, usually in very simple ways, steeped in teenage language…. (continued)

And then one night I heard the haunting, plaintive voice of a young woman whose big statement, her lyrical invocation, was a question! A complex, part rueful, part fearful and altogether poetic yearning for assurance that the forbidden love in which she had just engaged would survive the cold light of day. I couldn’t believe my ears – first because of the suggestive and intimate nature of her description of what had transpired that night and then because of the total lack of resolution, of a neat or happy ending, because the question remained hanging in the air long after the song was over. She asked “Will you still love me tomorrow?” with every syllable clinging to its note in a kind of imitative feverish embrace. And I couldn’t shake the beauty and emotional import of the marriage of language and melody.  

I was dazzled by its depth and nuance, by the craft of it. And in a way, I grew up the moment I heard it. I went from 1,4,5 songs about gunfighters and stock car racers and new dance fads to this profoundly honest portrayal of the fundamental uncertainty faced by a teenage girl who succumbed to her passion and her need for love. I couldn’t stop thinking about that record and ruminating on the situation, the language and the exquisite melody. It was the first song I’d heard that hung completely unresolved in my consciousness AND that demanded that I grow up and rethink my objectifying, puerile fantasies. 

5 years later, my girlfriend and I had our first night of forbidden love and we made a child. We had been inseparable and an “item” in our school but I know that after that night – even before she knew she was pregnant – she must have sat in the dark of her room staring out into the night sky asking the stars if I would still love her tomorrow. We got married. I always wondered what happened to that girl in the song. 

Both Carole and Gerry had a habit of throwing curve balls over the years, of writing together and separately perfectly married words and melodies, filled with subjective nuance and sonic allure in many different voices. They did it over and over again. I am in awe of them and honored and humbled to have been asked to talk about what they have meant to me. 

Aside from her musical brilliance I also want to say that I have been moved and inspired by Carole’s tireless activism and her commitment to making the world better through her music, her words and her passion. 

If the question ever was “will I still love them tomorrow”, the answer is an unequivocal and awe-filled “yes!”  ~ Bob Ezrin

 

In a legendary career as a music and entertainment producer, writer, personality

and entrepreneur that spans nearly 50 years, Toronto-born Bob Ezrin has

worked with a wide variety of artists including Pink Floyd, Monty Python, Deep

Purple, Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, Alice Cooper, Andrea Bocelli, U2, Howie Mandel, Lou

Reed, KISS, Peter Gabriel and many others.

He has produced timeless music, iconic live events, films, TV and interactive

entertainment and was a pioneer in digital media and technology. He remains

one of the most sought-after producers in the world today. He is also a serial

activist with an emphasis on the Environment, a Free and Responsible Press,

Mental Health and Music and Arts Education.

 
 
Bob Erzin
Gloria Estefan - Goffin & King Ambassador
Musical note for Goffin and king

GLORIA 
ESTEFAN

“Carole King has been the single most influential composer, writer, and singer in my life. The music that she and Gerry Goffin created, such as “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, “Go Away Little Girl” and very especially, “Natural Woman” among many others are songs that I sang in my early life and today continue to inspire me. The world is a much better place because of their musical contributions and now, the foundation seeks to carry their legacy forward by helping other artists do the same.”

~ Gloria Estefan

International Superstar, Gloria Estefan, is a Grammy award-winning singer, actress, songwriter, author of two New York Times best-selling children’s books, philanthropist and humanitarian. She is considered one of the world’s most recognizable and beloved performers. Billboard Magazine considers her the single most successful Latin crossover artist in music history.

Having sold over 100 million records worldwide she’s been awarded with 8 Grammy Awards, an Oscar nominated performance for the song “Music Of My Heart,” a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, an induction into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. 

In 2015, President Obama honored Emilio & Gloria Estefan with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made meritorious contributions to the United States, to world peace, and to cultural endeavors. In 2017, Gloria was the first Cuban-American, singer-songwriter to receive The Kennedy Center Honors. 

ON YOUR FEET!, the Tony Award nominated Broadway musical based on the lives and music of Emilio & Gloria Estefan. As Executive Producers, it is the story of two people who—through an unwavering dedication to one another and their pursuit of the American dream— showcased their talent, their music and their heritage to the world in a remarkable rise to global superstardom. On Your Feet!! has received rave critical reviews and nominations for Tony Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards and Drama League Awards and is now on tour around the world. 

She is the founder of the Gloria Estefan Foundation whose mission is to support charitable programs for disadvantaged children, and empower young people through education and opportunity. The Foundation also supports spinal cord research through the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. In 2021, she shared on an episode of Red Table Talk: The Estefans about how she had been victimized at the age of 9 and hopes to be of service to other victims throughout the world.

She recently released her new Grammy winning album, Brazil305 which topped the charts around the world and was one of the hosts of the 4 time Emmy nominated and 1 time Emmy winning
& GLAAD Award nominated Facebook Watch series, Red Table Talk: The Estefans, which premiered Fall of 2020 and its 20 episodes are streaming now. She also voiced, Marta, a character in the critically acclaimed animated film “Vivo” with music written by Lin-Manuel Miranda that was released on Netflix and she has filmed a role in the new ‘Father of the Bride’ film opposite Andy Garcia which released on HBOMax and set a streaming record of views in its first weekend out.

Musical note for Goffin and king

Leland Sklar

Throughout the years I have been fortunate to record and tour with Carole and did many recording sessions with Gerry involved. My career is far better for having had Carole and Gerry in my life.

I was always aware of the incredible writing team of Goffin & King but to share the stage with Carole was something very special. Throughout the years I have been fortunate to record and tour with Carole and did many recording sessions with Gerry involved. My career is far better for having had Carole and Gerry in my life.”

~ Leland Skalar

My name is Leland Sklar and I am a touring / studio bassist in Los Angeles, now with over 2,000 albums to my credit My career truly started with James Taylor in 1970 and it was my honor to share those early days with a remarkable band comprised of Russ Kunkel, Danny Kortchmar, JT and Carole King on piano. I was always aware of the incredible writing team of Goffin & King but to share the stage with Carole was something very special.

Ambassador - Leland Sklar
Ambassadors - Russell Kunkel
Musical note for Goffin and king

Russell 
Kunkel

“I am so honored to be asked to be an Ambassador for the Goffin & King Foundation.

When a partial list of hits they wrote looks like this, it’s hard to pick just one that has touched me personally. To be honest they all have. If a person gets to write one hit song in their lifetime it’s a blessing. When you have a body of work like Gerry and Carole It’s unprecedented. And the beauty of it is that these songs will live on forever continuing to inspire us to love, care, cry and hope.”

~ Russel Kunkel

Talented, creative and true gentlemen of the music business are words often used to describe Russ Kunkel. Although the renowned drummer’s big break came three decades ago, his combined talents as performer, producer and songwriter have kept him in demand with the top names in rock and roll. Born in Pittsburgh in 1948, Kunkel moved to Southern California in the early 60’s.

He drummed in a series of groups before forming the band, Things to Come. While house band at the legendary Whisky-A-Go-Go, they opened for some of the top names of the era including Cream, Traffic, and The Byrds. His talent caught the ear of Joel Sill at Trousdale Music and later Apple Records head Peter Asher, who was recruiting players for an album by new artist James Taylor. Kunkel played on Taylor’s debut album, “Sweet Baby James” and before long found himself playing with George Harrison, Bob Dylan and others. Kunkel went on to write, perform and record with the LA-based jazz-rock group The Section. Among his songwriting credits are hits with Aaron Neville, Clannad, Joe Cocker, Jimmy Buffett and “Tender is the Night” with Jackson Browne and Danny Kortchmar. He also created and co produced film scores for Mike Nichol’s “Heartburn”, Joyce Chopra’s “Smooth Talk”, and “Certain Fury” for New World Films. First known for his expressive, lyrical drumming style, Kunkel has also earned a solid commercial reputation for musical creativity and artistic sensitivity as a producer. During his career, Kunkel has toured, done session work, produced and/or written hit songs with musicians including Steve Winwood, Linda Ronstadt, Dan Fogelberg, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Joe Walsh, James Taylor, Carole King, Jackson Browne, Bob Seger, Stevie Nicks, Simon & Garfunkel, Carly Simon, Aaron Neville, Clannad, Bonnie Raitt, The BeeGees, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Wynonna, Lyle Lovett and Jimmy Buffett. Today, Russ Kunkel’s busy career includes recording and touring with Lyle Lovett, since 2003. Recently Russ completed shows in Japan and Los Angeles with the band “The Immediate Family”. Reuniting with old band mates Danny Kortchmar, Waddy Wachtel, Leland Sklar and Steve Postell to lay down some big beat rock and roll. The Immediate Family will be releasing a new album early 2021 on Quartro Valley Records. Kunkel’s range of creative talents, his musical sensibilities and his easy-going manner have kept this consummate music pro in demand for many years. It is these same qualities that will keep him in demand for years to come.

Musical note for Goffin and king

Danny “Kootch”
Kortchmar

“It’s been an honor and a joy to have Carole as a dear friend and mentor for so many years. Carole and Gerry created some of the most beautiful and creative songs of the sixties and I was in awe of them long before I met them. I’ve never encountered anyone in music who has done what they accomplished. Carole is of course a brilliant songwriter and equally brilliant as an arranger and producer..stunningly talented! It’s been a blessing to have worked with Carole and Gerry…. Big love to them both!”

~ Danny Kortchmar

Danny Kortchmar’s resume reads like a Who’s Who of the music industry. A renown guitarist, producer and songwriter, Kortchmar has played, produced and/or written for James Taylor, Don Henley, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt and Jackson Browne, and many many more. As a songwriter, Kortchmar has either written alone or collaborated with numerous artists and has penned such indelible tracks like Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry”, “All She Wants to Do Is Dance” and “New York Minute,” as well as Jackson Browne’s “Somebody’s Baby” and “Shaky Town,” to name a few.

In the 1970’s and 1980’s, Kortchmar was a member of The Section, best known for both their studio and live work in support of some of the top selling singer/songwriters and solo singers in the history of music. Together, The Section helped define the sound of a generation. Recently, Kortchmar put members of The Section (Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar), along with Waddy Wachtel and Steve Postell together to form The Immediate Family. They recently released their self-titled LP, toured the West and East coast and have a documentary in production with Director Denny Tedesco of The Wrecking Crew fame – to be released in 2022.

Ambassador - Danny _Kootch_ Kortchmar

Photo credit: Jay Gilbert

Musical note for Goffin and king

Gail Ann Dorsey

“Carole King’s ‘Tapestry’ was released in 1971, the year I would turn 9 years old and receive my first guitar for my 9th birthday. I was already in love with, captivated by, and infatuated with the diverse array of music that my older siblings had gathered in their record collections, and the magical tunes that played from my mother’s transistor radio on the AM stations. It wasn’t until later I would realize how many of those golden songs that I treasured, sung by so many different artists that I worshipped and adored, were written by the songwriting team of Gerry Goffin and Carole King. From my very favourite version of “Up On The Roof” by the great Laura Nyro, to the Grand Funk Railroad cover of “The Locomotion”, the heart-wrenching delivery of “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” by Roberta Flack, and the ultimate rendition of “(You Make Me Feel) Like A Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin, it astonished me how each new performance, each new interpretation of their songs seemed to possess an infinite potential for being exhilaratingly and brilliantly reborn again, and again…and again! Such is the powerful and impervious DNA of a great song, and I am so grateful that Goffin & King wrote so many of them! Their music, their songs make up a huge piece of the history of my past, the joys and comforts of my present moments, and the blueprint of limitless possibilities for the musical future… Write On!”

~ Gail Ann Dorsey

Gail Ann Dorsey is known as one of David Bowie’s longest serving bandmates as bassist and vocalist, touring the world many times over since 1995 to his untimely death 2016. She sang lead vocals live on the show stopper “Under Pressure,” taking the part originally recorded by Freddie Mercury. She has toured and recorded with countless acts including Tears for Fears, Lenny Kravitz, Bryan Ferry, and served as band leader for Gwen Stefani. Recently, she was a featured vocalist on albums by The National and Matt Berninger and has released three solo albums: The Corporate World, Rude Blue, and I Used To Be…

Ambassador Gail Ann Dorsey
Lou Adler, Carole King and Hank Cicalo Tapestry album recording session

Photo credit: Jim McCrary

Musical note for Goffin and king

Lou

Adler

“I was a fan of Carole and Gerry’s music before I knew them and even more after. I was always amazed how Gerry could put himself in the mindset of a girl/woman and write the lyrics to, Will You Love Me Tomorrow and Natural Woman and how Carole matched those emotions with her music.”

~ Lou Adler

With an uncanny feel for the public’s tastes and mood, Lou Adler has been at the forefront of launching such national and international trends related to rock oriented genres; independent production, “boutique” record labels, live recordings, the singer-songwriter, surf and protest music, festivals, charities, films, comedy…theater and live music venues. He forever altered world culture and music in 1967 with the Monterey International Pop Festival, the first seminal rock festival.  It not only helped bring prominence to Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding, but popularized a whole new generation of rock performers, kicked off the Summer of Love, and served as the coming out party for the Baby boom generation.

A lifelong Angelino, he has been honored by the Mayor and City Council of Los Angeles for bringing recognition to the City of Angels. In fact, by popularizing California pop culture, he did as much as anyone to entice the music industry to shift its base in the 1960s from New York to Los Angeles. Lou Adler received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 6, 2006. He produced the music and guided the careers of Jan and Dean, Johnny Rivers, The Mamas and The Papas, Spirit, and Carole King, as well as the comedy of Cheech and Chong, including The Mamas and Papas’ “California Dreamin’,” Scott McKenzie’s “San Francisco (Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair),” Barry McGuire’s “Eve of Destruction,” Sam Cooke’s “(What a) Wonderful World,” and the ground-breaking multi-platinum, multi-GRAMMY Award-winning Carole King’s  Tapestry album.  

As a multi-Grammy winner, he has produced 18 Gold and Platinum albums, including some of the biggest selling albums of all time; he has produced 33 Top 10 singles and co-written three Top 10 songs: “Honolulu Lulu,” “Poor Side of Town,” and “(What a) Wonderful World.”  He has produced for both the stage and motion pictures.  Stage productions include The Rocky Horror Show, Zoot Suit, and Bouncers. His film credits as producer include: Monterey Pop, Brewster McCloud, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  In addition, he directed and produced Up In Smoke and Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains.  He has also helped define the new Hollywood with the ongoing success of world-famous Sunset Strip landmarks: The Roxy Theatre, The Whisky-a-go-go, and the Rainbow Bar & Grill. 

Believing in giving back to the community, he has produced all-star celebrity events benefiting children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses by raising over $5 million for the Painted Turtle Camp (which he co-founded with his wife, Page) and Paul Newman’s Association of Hole in the Wall Camps.

Musical note for Goffin and king

Jack Douglas

“Goffin and King wrote the soundtrack of my teen years. They provided the music of many a summer romance and and beautiful days of listening to their hits in my old Ford and out of the radio on a beach blanket down the Jersey Shore. They, along with The Beatles are the reason I formed a band, wrote songs and made a career of music. I was forever chasing their magic, attempting, but always coming up short of the Goffin/King magic. I’m still chasing. I hope to never stop and I thank them.”

~ Jack Douglas

Musical note for Goffin and king

Laurie

Soriano

Carole King and Gerry Goffin started writing songs when they were both teenagers, falling in love and collaborating on some of the most beautiful and impactful songs ever written.  I am one of those people who have listened to Tapestry so many times that each song is baked into my psyche, and my psyche is the better for it!  After I grew up and went to law school, I was able to meet and then eventually serve as the lawyer for Carole and Gerry.  I am so privileged and proud to have been able to do my small part to assist in the protection of their masterpieces, which continue to bring joy to so many of us.

~ Laurie Soriano

 

Laurie Soriano is a music lawyer and a partner in the law firm King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano.  Her clients include Carole King, the estate of Gerald Goffin, Carly Simon, Twenty One Pilots, Frank Ocean, Dominic Fike, Train, Bon Iver, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ava Max and Kim Petras.  She is also a poet; her book of poetry entitled “Catalina” was published by Lummox Press in 2011.

Laurie Soriano