Gerry Goffin, ex-husband of singer Carole King, dead at 75
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[June 20, 2014]
By Eric Kelsey and Steve Gorman
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Gerry Goffin,
the lyricist who co-wrote some of the biggest hit songs of the 1960s
with his former wife and longtime collaborator Carole King, died on
Thursday at age 75, King said in a message posted on Facebook.
Goffin, who died of natural causes at his Beverly Hills home,
co-wrote numerous top-40 singles with King, including "The
Loco-Motion," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," and "Up
on the Roof," most of which were hits for other performers.
"Gerry Goffin was my first love," King, 72, said in a tribute
posted on her Facebook page. "He had a profound impact on my
life and the rest of the world. ... His words expressed what so
many people were feeling but didn't know how to say."
One of their most popular songs, the No. 1 hit "The
Loco-Motion," ignited a dance craze and was originally performed
by the singer Little Eva, who was working for the couple as a
babysitter when they asked her to record it in 1962.
The bluesy love song "Chains" was first recorded by the Cookies
but later covered by the Beatles. Queen of soul Aretha Franklin
hit the charts with "Natural Woman," but King herself later
recorded the ballad as a track on her breakthrough 1971 solo
Other notable hits co-written by Goffin and King included "Up on
the Roof" by the Drifters, "One Fine Day" by the Chiffons, "I'm
Into Something Good" by Herman's Hermits, "Will You Love Me
Tomorrow" by the Shirelles, "Take Good Care of My Baby" by Bobby
Vee, "Don't Bring Me Down" by the Animals, "Take a Giant Step"
by the Monkees and "Goin' Back" by the Birds.
Goffin met and married King in 1958 while attending Queens
College. The couple were later hired by pop music producer Don
Kirshner to write songs for his song publishing firm, Aldon
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With Goffin writing lyrics to tunes King composed at the piano, the
couple churned out songs for a wide range of artists ranging from
rhythm-and-blues groups to British Invasion bands of the era.
The couple divorced in 1968 but they remained friends. They were
inducted together into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
Their relationship and collaboration as a song-writing team is
chronicled in the current Broadway hit show "Beautiful - The Carole
King Musical," which was produced by Sherry Goffin Kondor, who is
their daughter and King's manager.
In addition to the hits he wrote with King, Goffin teamed up with
Michael Masser to write the movie ballad "Do You Know Where You're
Going To (Theme from Mahogany)," which earned them an Academy Award
nomination and was a No. 1 hit for Diana Ross. He and Masser also
co-wrote "Saving All My Love for You," a chart-topper for Whitney
(Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Bill Trott and Cynthia Osterman)
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