Happy birthday to the Queen, the absolute Queen, of song-writing..
This is the song of hers I like the best, and nobody ever sang it better..
We had the huge pleasure of meeting Carole – sadly just the once. One of my favourite Corinne moments, actually. We were performing at the Supper Club in New York and, at the time, Carole’s daughter Louise Goffin was opening for us. At the sound check, Louise let us know that Carole was in New York and would be attending the show that evening. Louise is a delightful, talented girl, but very conscious of, and understandably nervous about, the fact that she’s the daughter of a legend..
So, just before showtime, Corinne is in the ladies room putting on her make-up (backstage facilities are not great at the Supper Club) and spots someone familiar in the mirror next to her. In typically disarming Corinne style, she turns and introduces herself with the words… ” is it.. are you.. Louise’s mum?”..
She stayed for the gig and hung out in the dressing room afterwards, saying very gracious and enthusiastic things about the performance – you never saw a band look more pleased with itself .. Turns out she was preparing for her role in the Broadway production of Blood Brothers and was workng on her Liverpudlian accent. I recall we all took turns to demonstrate to her the proper way to say “You’re a fookin’ staaarr!!”
She fookin’ is, and no mistake..