Thursday, June 19, 2014

Obituaries

Famed popular songwriter Gerry Goffin, 75, who with his then-wife Carole King wrote some of the most famous songs of the early 1960s, has died.

He and King were part of the famed Brill Building in NYC, which turned out so many hits during that era. They and other songwriters spent much of their time penning hits for the so-called "girl groups" of the early 1960s.

The two composed "The Locomotion" (Little Eva), "Crying in the Rain" (Everly Brothers), "Pleasant Valley Sunday," (The Monkees), "Chains" (The Cookies), "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" (The Shirelles), "One Fine Day" (The Chiffons), and, my favorite one of all, "I'm Into Something Good," a hit for Herman's Hermits but I prefer the original version by Earl-Jean McCrea of the Cookies. Goffin and King composed too many more songs to list here.

Earl-Jean's version of "I'm Into Somethin' Good":



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Former MLB outfielder Tony Gwynn, 54, died of cancer.

Gwynn's .338 career batting average over 20 seasons -- all of them with the Padres -- is the highest since Ted Williams retired from the Red Sox in 1960 with a .344 average. Gwynn's playing career ended in 2001, and since then he had been the head baseball coach for San Diego State University, where he starred in both baseball and basketball as a collegian, and a part-time analyst on Padres telecasts.

Gwynn had been on medical leave from his head coach position at San Diego State since March and had signed a one-year extension on Wednesday.


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