19 June 2014
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 on Thursday 19 June at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75.
His wife, Michelle Goffin, confirmed his death.
Goffin, who married King in 1959 while they were in their teens, penned more than 50 top 40 hits, including Pleasant Valley Sunday for The Monkees, Crying in the Rain by the Everly Brothers, Some Kind of Wonderful for The Drifters and Take Good Care of My Baby by Bobby Vee.
The couple 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.