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Gerry Goffin Once Recorded in Silver Spring?

Gerry Goffin, Carole King’s long-time songwriting partner (who left us June 19th, sadly) once recorded in Silver Spring, Maryland — as a search of the 45Cat database recently revealed.  “It’s Not the Spotlight” would be the A-side of a single from Goffin’s 1973 debut solo (double!) album, It Ain’t Exactly Entertainment, on Silver Spring indie label, Adelphi:

Is it right to assume that this recording necessarily took place at Track Recorders in Silver Spring, Maryland (within walking distance of where I live), since these two entities – Track Recorders and Adelphi Records – often go hand-in-hand?   Track Recorders, by the way, is where John Fahey and Root Boy Slim and Linda Ronstadt and The Seldom Scene, among many other artists of local and national renown have gone to lay down, well, tracks.

The Urban Butcher, a popular restaurant and watering hole, now stands in Track’s place.

Gerry Goffin 45Among the 18 tracks on Goffin’s solo album that was clearly long in the making:           “Last Cha Cha on Jackson Highway”; “It’s Alright to Be Alive”; and “Maryland Again.”

Epilogue:  Internet Search Reveals Album Credits with Recording Info

Thanks to Doug Percival – former Track Recorder staffer – for his web sleuthing skills that turned up recording credits online that revealed the recording to have taken place at both recording facilities in Muscle Shoals:  Fame & Muscle Shoals Sound (perhaps I should hire Doug to be part of the Zero to 180 research staff).

recording credits:  magnifying glass required

Goffin LP creditsSo, it is doubtful that Gerry Goffin set foot in Silver Spring, but not wholly implausible either.

One Response


    Gerry actually had family in the Silver Spring area, an Uncle and Aunt as I recall. Gerry himself, met with me here in Silver Spring, prior to the release of his FIRST Adelphi LP, AD 4102, “It Aint Exactly Entertainment” (Double LP). He has a second release on Adelphi, still in print on CD entitled “Back Room Blood” released in 1996, as well as a 3 song CD single also released in 1996. (BOTH include “I’ve Got To Use My Imagination”).

    Regarding local involvement:

    Dick Bangham Designed the Label for the 45 single “Spotlight”.
    The Double LP Jacket was printed and fabricated at ITI in Baltimore, which is also where George Massenburg, world renown engineer and audio designer built and ran his first studio……recording “Little Feat”, amongst others there. Both the Double LP & the Single were also pessed at the ITI subdivision pressing plant know as Sontec (All located in Cockeysville/Baltimore.

    At one point in time, I personally worked on the existing 16 track masters of Goffinj at track, w/I believe OB Obrien engineering, just doing some alt. test mixes, and editing out a piece of 2″ master tape, which included an “unreleased” title from the sessions called “Ghost Story”……..

    There’s an entirely “unreleased” 2nd LP (CD) from these same sessions.

    Best Regards
    Gene R.

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