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Al Gorgoni (born 11 October 1939) is an American guitarist, known for his work as a session musician during the 1960s and 1970s. Growing up in Philadelphia, his family moved to The Bronx where he took up the guitar at age 14.
His first recording sessions took place in 1959, playing on demo recordings with Brill Building songwriters Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Carole King, Gerry Goffin, and Phil Spector. Gorgoni eventually moved into proper sessions, appearing on hit singles such as "The Name Game" by Shirley Ellis, "Sherry," "Walk Like A Man" and "Big Girls Don't Cry" by The Four Seasons, "Leader of the Pack" by The Shangri-Las, and "Chapel of Love" by The Dixie Cups. Other hits featuring Gorgoni's playing are "The Sound of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel, "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison, "I'm A Believer" by The Monkees, "At Seventeen" by Janis Ian, "Sugar Sugar" by The Archies, and "Brand New Key" by Melanie.
Gorgoni has worked with a diversity of other artists including James Taylor, B.J. Thomas, Astrud Gilberto, Neil Diamond, Herbie Mann, Blood Sweat & Tears, Laura Nyro, Richard and Mimi Fariña, Bobby Darin, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Aretha Franklin.
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