Gerry Goffin – February 11, 1939 – June 19, 2014

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Every fan of 60s and 70s music will know at least one (or two or three) Gerry Goffin songs.  Gerry died this week (June 19, 2014), aged 75.

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Gerry Goffin 2Gerry wrote the words, collaborating with a number of musicians including, most famously, his wife, Carole King.

Together Gerry and Carole wrote a plethora of hit songs including:

  • Will You Love Me Tomorrow (The Shirelles and Carole King)
  • Take Good Care of My Baby (Bobby Vee)
  • The Loco-Motion (Little Eva)
  • Go Away Little Girl (Donny Osmond)
  • It Might As Well Rain Until September (Carole King)
  • Up on the Roof (The Drifters)
  • One Fine Day (The Chiffons)
  • I’m into Something Good (Herman’s Hermits)
  • Oh No Not My Baby (The Shirelles)
  • Sweet Young Thing (The Monkees)
  • Sometime in the Morning (The Monkees)
  • Pleasant Valley Sunday (The Monkees)
  • (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (Aretha Franklin)
  • I Wasn’t Born to Follow (The Byrds)
  • Smackwater Jack (Carole King)

After Gerry and Carole divorced Goffin wrote with other composers, helping to create songs like:

  • Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To) (Diana Ross)
  • Saving All My Love for You (Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr)
  • Tonight, I Celebrate My Love (Roberta Flack and Peabo Bryson)

Gerry wrote the words for 59 US Top 40 and 21 UK Top 40 hits.  Seven of them reached #1

In 1990, he and Carole were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Gerry died on June 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 75

On hearing of his death, Carole King said:

[Gerry was] my first love and had a profound impact on my life.  His words expressed what so many people were feeling but didn’t know how to say… Gerry was a good man and a dynamic force, whose words and creative influence will resonate for generations to come.

(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin – Video

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