Gerry Goffin, Carole King’s Former Songwriting Partner And Husband Dies At 75 [VIDEO]
You may not know his name, but you know his lyrics and many hits of the 1950s and 60s that he co-wrote with then wife, Carole King. Gerry Goffin who put words to such songs as “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?”, “Up On The Roof” and many more, died on Thursday at age 75.
“Gerry Goffin, a prolific and multi-dimensional lyricist who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits as “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Up on the Roof” and “The Loco-Motion,” died early Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75.
His wife, Michelle Goffin, confirmed his death.
Goffin, who married King in 1959, penned more than 50 top 40 hits, including “Pleasant Valley Sunday” for the Monkees, “Some Kind of Wonderful” for the Drifters and “Take Good Care of My Baby” by Bobby Vee. Goffin was able to pen jokey lyrics or achingly sad ones, and he did it for solo artists and multiple voices.
King and Goffin divorced in 1968, but Goffin kept writing hits, including “Savin’ All My Love for You” for Whitney Houston. Goffin and King were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three years later.”
Watch a young Carole King perform “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” in 1971.