Richard Gottehrer Pumps Out Pop Hits

Richard Gottehrer Pumps Out Pop Hits

During the height of the Brill Building era, Richard Gottehrer formed a successful songwriting partnership with Bob Feldman and Jerry Goldstein, named FGG. “We became signed writers at April Blackwood Music, and they gave us a small office room in 1650 Broadway,” he said. “We would sit around in a work environment with a piano in a small room and the publisher would come in and say, ‘So-and-so is looking for a song for his next record.’ And that’s how you learned—you would try to write something that would suit them. We were constantly writing.” “For a lot of those songs, they made the song demo and cut the record in the same day,” said producer Craig Leon, who worked alongside Gottehrer in the 1970s. “It was very much that quote-unquote ‘punk’ approach.” This rapid-fire production style was used to create FGG’s biggest hit, “My Boyfriend’s Back,” recorded by the Angels. “One day Bob Feldman came in, and he had been at his local candy store getting soda and cream,” Gottehrer recalled. “Some girl came in and started screaming at a guy and literally said, ‘My boyfriend’s back and you’re gonna be in trouble because he’s gonna get you!’ ” They quickly wrote the song, and it was recorded and released within days.

From Chapter 4 of The Downtown Pop Underground — order online, or from a local independent bookstore


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