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songwriter Gerry Goffin, RIP


Gerry Goffin’s name was not as universally known as that of his former wife and songwriting collaborator, Carole King. But the lyrics that Goffin wrote — for such early-rock era classics as Will You Love Me Tomorrow, (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman and Up On the Roof — have remained in the pop canon for decades.

Goffin — whose death Thursday at 75 was confirmed by his current wife, Michelle — met and married King, a budding composer, while both were teenagers. Eventually, they would write more than 50 top 40 hits, among them Little Eva’s The Loco-Motion, The Drifters’ Some Kind of Wonderful, the Everly Brothers’ Crying In the Rain and The Monkees’ Pleasant Valley Sunday. – [USA Today]

Brill Building resident and co-writer (with Carol King) of some of the most well-loved songs of the early-’60s, Gerry Goffin you will be missed, but you words live on.

Some of Goffin’s most famous songs below…

THE SHIRELLES – Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

Little Eva – Loco-motion

The Chiffons – One Fine Day

The Monkees – “Pleasant Valley Sunday”

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