The featured image is of Jerome Flynn and Robson Green. They’re better known for their acting: Jerome for Ripper Street and Game Of Thrones and Robson for Seeing Evil, Wire In The Blood, and Grantchester. In the Nineties, they were the singing duo Robson and Jerome. We just saw them in Ain’t Misbehavin’ in which they played World War II era musicians. It was great fun as is their video for Up On The Roof.
I’m afraid of heights but I still love Up On The Roof. It was written in 1962 by songwriters extraordinaire Gerry Goffin and Carole King. It’s been recorded by many over the years. Carole King did so as did her and Jerry’s daughter Louise Goffin. We’ll get to those versions later.
We begin at the beginning with The Drifters who went up on the roof and found a hit song.
Ike & Tina Turner cut a funky-n-nasty version of the Goffin-King classic in 1972. It was a funky-n-nasty year, y’all.
Here are Robson & Jerome up on a London roof.
Here’s Ms. Goffin. Jeez, Louise.
Ray Brown Jr is the adopted son of Ray Brown the great jazz bassist and Ella Fitzgerald. Ray got together with Sophie B. Hawkins and made some magic.
We saved the best for nearly last. Ladies and germs, Carole King and James Taylor apart and together.
What would the Friday Cocktail Hour be without an instrumental version of the week’s song? This time, German jazz pianist Walter Lang and his trio.
That’s it for this week. I propose a toast to the late Gerry Goffin and Carole King who is still very much with us. Thanks for all the great words and music. It’s what Jerome Flynn as Bronn would want. Never argue with a man with a bloody sword.