Gerry Goffin, songwriter and ex-husband of singer Carole King, sadly passed away at home in Los Angeles on June 19. He had collaborated with Carole to write some of the biggest hits of the ’60s and they were inducted into numerous Hall of Fames together.
Gerry Goffin, 75, singer of the hit songs, “The Loco-Motion,” and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” has died. The former husband of Carole King passed away in the privacy of his home of natural causes. He leaves behind a wife, five children and six grandchildren.
Gerry Goffin Dead At 75
Gerry Goffin had a long, successful music career and was known to have a way with words. He met Carole King when they were students at Queens College back in 1958. Over the next decade the pair fell in love, got married and had two children. Unfortunately, they did get a divorce years later, but continued to keep a professional relationship.
The exes were inducted together into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Then in 2004, the Recording Academy presented them jointly with a Trustees Award for lifetime achievement.
The lyricist went on to remarry, Michelle Goffin, whom confirmed his death.
Carole King: ‘Gerry Was My First Love’
Following his death, Carole said in a statement to the press that Gerry was her “first love” and had a “profound impact” on her life.
“Gerry was a good man with a dynamic force, whose words and creative influence will resonate for generations to come,” Carole said. “His words expressed what so many people were feeling but didn’t know how to say.”
The pair’s love affair is the subject of the Tony Award-nominated musical “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” on Broadway. The singer avoided seeing it for months because it stirred up sad memories, even though one of their daughters was acting as a producer. She finally able to sit through it in April.
Our thoughts go out to Gerry’s family and friends and also to Carole at this difficult time.
– Brittany King