Friday, June 20, 2014

R.I.P.: Pop Songwriter Gerry Goffin Has Died

Carole King, Gerry Goffin
Gerry Goffin, who collaborated with Carole King to write 59 of the biggest hits of the 1960s, songs that endured through generations and became classics, including “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?,” “Up on the Roof,” “One Fine Day” and “The Loco-Motion,” died on Thursday at his home in Los Angeles.

He was 75, according to The NY Times. No cause was specified.

Goffin and King were students at Queens College when they met in 1958. Over the next decade they fell in love, married, had two children, divorced and moved their writing sessions into and out of 1650 Broadway, across the street from the iconic Brill Building.

Together they composed a catalog of pop standards so diverse and irresistible that they were recorded by performers as unalike as the Drifters, Steve Lawrence, Aretha Franklin and the Beatles. They were inducted together into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

In 2004 the Recording Academy presented them jointly with a Trustees Award for lifetime achievement.

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