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Gerry Goffin

Composer, Lyricist
( b. Feb 11, 1939 Brooklyn, New York, USA - d. Jun 19, 2014 Los Angeles, California, USA ) Male
Also known as: Gerald Goffin
Jerry Goffin
Relations: Father of Sherry Kondor
Husband of Carole King (1959-1968) divorced
Lyricist Gerry Goffin wrote such hits as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "Up on the Roof" and "The Loco-Motion," with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King.

Goffin, who married King in 1959 while they were in their teens, penned more than 50 top 40 hits, including "Pleasant Valley Sunday" for the Monkees, "Crying in the Rain" by the Everly Brothers, "Some Kind of Wonderful" for the Drifters and "Take Good Care of My Baby" by Bobby Vee.

A whirlwind romance led to a marriage and their first hit, when she was only 17, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" for the Shirelles, which a pregnant King helped write while suffering morning sickness.

Both quit their day jobs to focus on music, and other songs followed, including "Up on the Roof" for the Drifters, "One Fine Day" for the Chiffons and "Chains," which was later covered by the Beatles. Goffin also collaborated with another Aldon composer, Barry Mann, on the hit "Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp Bomp Bomp Bomp)."

The Goffin-King love affair is the subject of the Tony Award-nominated musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway. The musical shows the two composing their songs at Aldon Music, the Brill Building publishing company in Manhattan that also employed Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield and Carole Bayer Sager. The show ends just as King is enjoying fame for her groundbreaking solo album "Tapestry." It also alleges Goffin's womanizing and depression were causes of the breakup.

After their divorce, Goffin garnered an Academy Award nomination with Michael Masser for the theme to the 1975 film "Mahogany" for Diana Ross. He also earned a Golden Globe nomination for "So Sad the Song" in 1977 from the film "Pipe Dreams." Goffin and King were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three years later.

Goffin continued co-writing songs, including "I've Got to Use My Imagination" recorded by Gladys Knight and the Pips, and "It's Not the Spotlight," recorded by Rod Stewart. In the 1980s and '90s, he co-wrote "Tonight I Celebrate My Love," a duet recorded by Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack, and the Whitney Houston mega-hit "Savin' All My Love for You."

Source: Associated Press obituary



Productions Date of Productions
Beautiful The Carole King Musical
[Musical, Original]
  • Music by Gerry Goffin
  • Lyrics by Gerry Goffin
Jan 12, 2014 - Present
Uptown...It's Hot!
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Featuring songs by Gerald Goffin
Jan 29, 1986 - Feb 16, 1986
André DeShields' Haarlem Nocturne
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Featuring songs by Gerald Goffin
Nov 18, 1984 - Dec 30, 1984
Rock 'N Roll! The First 5,000 Years
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Featuring songs by Jerry Goffin
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Jerry Goffin
Oct 24, 1982 - Oct 31, 1982
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