Tributes are pouring in to honor Gerry Goffin, the former husband and songwriting partner of Carole King, who died on Thursday (June 19) of natural causes at the age of 75 in Los Angeles.
King, who divorced Goffin in 1968 after nearly 10 years of marriage and two children, issued a statement saying: "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....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."
Brian Wilson said that, "I loved the songs Gerry Goffin and Carole King wrote together - a big influence for me as a young songwriter. Gerry will be missed," while scores of other artists and songwriters have posted messages on web sites and social media.
Goffin's hits with Kings included "The Loco-Motion" by Little Eva and Grand Funk Railroad, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" by the Shirelles, "Chains" by the Cookies and the Beatles, "Pleasant Valley Sunday" by the Monkees, "I'm Into Something Good" by Herman`s Hermits, "(You Make Me Feel) Like A Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin, "Up on the Roof" by the Drifters and many more. With other collaborators Goffin also wrote songs for Rod Stewart, the Manhattan Transfer, George Benson, the Hollies, Marianne Faithfull, Anne Murray and others.
Goffin and King were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 as non-performers. Goffin is survived by his wife Michele and five children.