Lyricist, Gerry Goffin, who wrote many hit songs with then-wife Carole King in the 50s and 60s at the legendary Brill Building in New York City, has died at age 75.
He his survived by his wife, Melanie Goffin, who confirmed his death, and 5 children.
The hits Goffin and King produced include “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” from the Shirelles, “You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin, “Up on the Roof” for the Drifters, and “Pleasant Valley Sunday” by the Monkees.
The couple divorced in 1968, but Goffin continued to write hits including “Saving All My Love for You” by 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.
Carole King, released a statement, where she called Goffin her “first love” and called the impact he had on her life “profound.”
Gerry was a good man with a dynamic force, whose words and creative influence will resonate for generations to come. 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.
The Goffin-King relationship is the basis of the Broadway musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical which recently won a Tony for Best Actress in a Musical.
In this performance from the Tony Awards, Carole and Gerry write “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”