Graham has been a professional songwriter and musician since 1965.
He was in many local bands in Manchester during the early 60s including The Mockingbirds with drummer Kevin Godley.
His musical influences were varied, from The Everley Brothers, Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry to songwriters such as Burt Bacharach and Jim Webb.
But it was The Beatles that inspired him most to take up song writing seriously.

When EMI records rejected The Mockingbirds recording of Gouldman's song 'For You Love', it ended up being recorded by the Yardbirds who had their first major hit with it. 'Heart full of soul' and 'Evil Hearted You' followed.
During the mid sixties Graham also wrote 'Look through any window' and 'Bus stop' for the Hollies and 'No milk today', 'Listen people' and 'East west' for Herman's Hermits.

During the late 60s Graham spent time in America working with 'Kazanetz and Katz'. They were famous for producing many of the ‘Bubblegum’ hits of the day. Strange bedfellows you may think, but K and K wanted to bring some kudos to their image and so asked Graham to do some work with their writers. During a creative lowpoint Graham complied and headed over to New York. Now here's the strange thing.
He eventually got fed up spending so much time away from his family and suggested that he return to England to record the songs he had written. He wanted to record them at Strawberry Studios in Stockport with his musical chums, who happened to be, Kevin Godley, Lol Crème and Eric Stewart, which he did.
One could say that 'Bubblegum' was instumental in the creation of 10cc.

10cc had several international hits including 'Rubber Bullets',' I'm Not in Love' and 'Dreadlock Holiday' all of which he co-wrote and co-produced.

In 1983 Graham formed ‘Wax’ with Andrew Gold. Someone he had long been a fan of. They had hits with 'Right Between the Eyes', and 'Bridge to your Heart'. Andrew and Graham still continue to work together.

He has also written with and had songs recorded by Paul Carrack, Gary Barlow and the late Kirsty MacColl with whom he worked on her last album, 'Tropical Brainstorm'.

He wrote and produced the music for the U.S. animated film, 'Animalympics' and produced The Ramones 'Pleasant Dreams' album.

Graham has been a regular visitor to Nashville where the workmanlike approach to songwriting seems to suit him. Songs written there with Gary Burr and Gordon Kennedy appear on his solo cd 'And Another Thing'. This was the follow up to 1969 album 'The Graham Gouldman Thing'… gettit?

More recently he has co-written a track on the number one McFly cd, Wonderland, which is also going to feature in the band’s soon to be released movie 'Just My Luck'.