Bob Dylan, now that was a really amazing collaboration. That happened when my girlfriend, Carol Childs, who was dating Bob at the time, and I think she convinced him that writing with me was a great idea and somehow he thought that that might be fun himself so he called me and we arranged for a time to write at his barn in Malibu.
Bruce Roberts has been a friend of mine for almost as long as I can remember. We started out in New York City and we wrote songs for The Moments and for Tony Orlando and Dawn.
Burt was my former husband, we were married for ten years, and as most would agree, he’s one of the great songwriters of all time. Frank Sinatra once made a comment he didn’t like in Vegas – he said that he wrote in half-sizes, because everything’s like 5 6/8 and 3 7/8.
Carole King & Carly Simon
Two women that I’ve written with in the last couple of years were my idols years before that. And, you know, the funny thing is that when you have someone you have that much respect for, no matter what time you get with them, even if they’ve had their greatest creative spurt 20 years ago like Carol King or Carly Simon ...
David Foster’s been in my life since 1977 or 8, I think. Really quite a long time and continues to be a great force in my life, collaboratively. Not only did he come up with the very cool figure at the start of ‘Heartlight’ which I wrote with Neil Diamond, he did the strings on ‘That’s What Friends Are For’ which I wrote with Burt Bacharach.
Writing with Kenny was and is a thrill because he’s one of my favorites throughout the years. When he did the record ‘Waiting To Exhale, I thought these are some of the best songs and productions all in a row – the whole album’s just was magical.
Marvin Hamlisch was another extraordinary melody writer. He was very prolific. One of the big differences between writing with Marvin Hamlisch and Burt Bacharach was that Marvin thought I was slow and I thought Burt was slow, so he was just rapid fire. But we wrote some good songs together.
Melissa Manchester occupies a very special place in my heart as a friend and a special relationship as a collaborator because most of my collaborations up until that time were with men.
The first song I wrote with Neil Diamond was a song called ‘On The Way To The Sky’ and it was just such a thrill to write with Neill Diamond. Just to hear his voice and go ‘That’s Neil Diamond.
Oh, I loved writing with Neil Sedaka. He was the first major songwriter that I ever got to write with. He was a star when I was at Screen Gems and I asked him would he write with me sometime and he said ‘Oh yes, I’d love to.’
God, I loved writing with Peter Allen. He was smart and funny and it came through in our songs. He had this edgy humor and that came through also sometimes. I think, as an aside, I am somewhat of a chameleon, because I think when I write with different people, they bring out different parts of me.
Toni Wine was the first person that I started to write with when I got to Screen Gems. Screen Gems was this amazing place that had all these fabulous hit writing teams: Goffen and King, Mann and Lyle, Sedaka and Greenfield.