Variety: John Lennon said that he and Paul learned how to write songs by listening to Goffin-King.
Goffin: Perhaps they were influenced by us in the early songs but after that they were great songwriters by virtue of their own talent.
Variety: Was ever a greater thrill than hearing Aretha sing “Natural Woman.”
Goffin: The Drifters doing “Up on the Roof.”
Variety: Who were you and Carole most competitive with?
Goffin: Mann-Weil were our biggest competitors but they were also our closest friends.
Variety: What song tells us the most about Carole King and which tells us most about Gerry Goffin?
Goffin: It would be hard to choose one song to describe Carole but if I had to, it would be her song “Beautiful.” The song that probably tells the most about me would be “Will You Love Me Tomorrow.”
Variety: “Goin’ Back;” words first or music first?
Goffin: It really all happened at the same time.
Variety: Best underappreciated song by Goffin-King?
Goffin: “Don’t You Ever Change.”
Variety: Best Goffin-King song “made to order” for Aldon?
Goffin: “Not by its sales but in terms of the composition it would be “Just Once in My Life.”
Variety: Who did you and Carole most enjoy working with?
Goffin: The Everly Brothers.
- Gerry Goffin as told to Steven Gaydos.
• Carole King: A natural hitmaker