Gerry Goffin, one of the world’s greatest songwriters, has died at age 75.
Gerry, together with former wife Carole King, wrote many of the greatest hits of the 20th century including ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’, ‘The Loco-motion’, ‘Some Kind Of Wonderful’, ‘Up On The Roof’, ‘Oh No Not My Baby’, ‘One Fine Day’, ‘It Might As Well Rain Until September’ and ‘Chains’.
Gerry also co-wrote Whitney Houston’s ‘Saving All My Love For You’ and Diana Ross ‘Theme From Mahogany’.
Goffin and King married in 1959 and divorced in 1968.
In a statement Carole King said, “Gerry Goffin was my first love. He had a profound impact on my life and the rest of the world. Gerry was a good man and 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. He will be missed by his wonderful wife Michele, his devoted manager, Christine Russell, his five children, and six grandchildren.”
“His words expressed what so many people were feeling but didn’t know how to say. If you want to join his loved ones in honoring him, look at the names of the songwriters under the titles of songs. Among the titles associated with me, you’ll often find Gerry’s name next to mine,” King added.
Gerry Goffin February 11, 1939-June 19, 2014.
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