Iconic Songwriter Gerry Goffin Dies
Iconic songwriter Gerry Goffin has died at the age of 75.
Goffin, who is responsible for co-writing such hits as ‘(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman,’ ‘The Loco-Motion,’ ‘Up on the Roof’ and more with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King, passed away at his L.A. home yesterday (June 19), the New York Times reports.
Though you may not know him by name, Goffin is responsible for many fan favorites from the ’60s, including the Monkees’ ‘Pleasant Valley Sunday,’ ‘Take Good Care of My Baby’ by Bobby Vee, the Drifters’ ‘Some Kind of Wonderful,’ the Everly Brothers’ ‘Cryin’ in the Rain’ and ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow,’ which he co-wrote with King. He also penned Whitney Houstin’s smash ‘Savin’ All My Love for You.’ Altogether, Goffin wrote more than 50 Top 40 hits.
In 1987, he and King were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and in 1990 were inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Goffin was also nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his songwriting in film.
Though he and King divorced in 1968, their romance still lives on in the Broadway musical, ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,’ and the cast planned to dedicate their performance last night to the late songwriter.
“Gerry was a good man with a dynamic force, whose words and creative influence will resonate for generations to come,” King revealed in a statement. “His words expressed what so many people were feeling but didn’t know how to say.”
Goffin is survived by his wife, Michelle Goffin, and three daughters.
R.I.P. Gerry Goffin. May your memory live on forever in your music.