Gerry Goffin Dies At 75

by Norm Gregory on June 19, 2014

in 1961, Music

Gerry Goffin, Carole King’s Ex-Husband, Dies at 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, “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. Goffin was able to pen jokey lyrics or achingly sad ones, and he did it for solo artists and multiple voices. ● More:

Gerry Goffin Dead: Lyricist, Carole King’s Ex-Husband Dies at 75
Goffin and King divorced after nine years of marriage in 1968. Almost two decades later, they were both inducted together into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“Gerry was a good man with a dynamic force, whose words and creative influence will resonate for generations to come,” King, 72, said of Goffin.

She continued: “His legacy to me is our two daughters, four grandchildren, and our songs that have touched millions and millions of people, as well as a lifelong friendship.” ● More: Us Weekly

That’s right, Gerry Goffin, a man, wrote the words to (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.

It’s very hard to pick one . . . but right now this moment this is my favorite Goffin-King song. It’s from 1961.

Name one guy who today could sing the “this world is a happy place” line like Ben E. King.

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