By Chip Taylor
In the early 1960s, I wrote a song called “Springtime”. I was living and working in New York. I needed a guitar player that sounded like he was from West Virginia or Tennessee. Someone suggested Al Gorgoni. What a great day that was for me. Not only was he perfect for that demo, but he was perfect for all my country flavored stuff.
Al & I became great friends. We recorded a duet hit together. Billed as Just Us, “I Can’t Grow Peaches On A Cherry Tree” sold over a half million copies in 1964. We produced James Taylor, Evie Sands and one track (Brooklyn Roads) for Neil Diamond. And we wrote a bunch of songs together, including “I Can’t Let Go” for The Hollies and Linda Rondstadt, “Pretty Colors” for Frank Sinatra and “Sweet Dream Woman” for Waylon Jennings.
Al was lead guitarist on hundreds of hit records in the 60s. And how about this for a R&R Joe hero – he played that amazing signature guitar lick on Brown Eyed Girl! Whether he was playing acoustic or electric guitars or arranging parts for an orchestra (he did that brilliantly as well), this was/is one soulful guy.
- Official webpage
- The Hollies – I Cant Let Go
- Frank Sinatra – Pretty Colors
- Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl