Sunday, June 22, 2014

Songwriter Gerry Goffin dies aged 75

The man behind 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow', 'Take Good Care of My Baby' and 'The Loco-Motion' formed a brilliant songwriting partnership with first wife Carole King

The lyricist Gerry Goffin, who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such Sixties hits as Will You Love Me Tomorrow and The Loco-Motion, has died at his Los Angeles home aged 75.
Mr Goffin, who married Ms King in 1959 while they were in their teens, penned more than 50 top 40 hits, including Pleasant Valley Sunday for the Monkees, Some Kind of Wonderful for the Drifters and Take Good Care of My Baby for Bobby Vee.
The couple divorced in 1968, but Mr Goffin kept working, co-writing Savin' All My Love for You, which became a hit for Whitney Houston.
Ms King said in a statement that Goffin was her “first love” and had a profound impact on her life.
She said: “Gerry was a good man with 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.“
Mr Goffin was born in Brooklyn in 1939 and was a chemist who loved music when he met Ms King. A whirlwind romance led to a marriage and their first hit, when she was only 17, Will You Love Me Tomorrow for the Shirelles.
Both quit their day jobs to focus on music.
The Goffin-King love affair is the subject of the Tony Award-nominated Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway. Ms King, while backing the project, had avoided seeing it for months because it dredged up sad memories. She finally watched it in April.
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 ground-breaking solo album Tapestry. It also alleges Mr Goffin's womanising and depression were causes of the breakup.
After their divorce, Mr 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.
Mr Goffin and Ms King were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three years later.
Mr Goffin is survived by his five children and Michelle, his second wife.

List of songs written by Goffin and King

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This is a list of songs by Gerry Goffin and Carole King who formed a songwriting partnership for Aldon Music at 1650 Broadway in New York. Their partnership's first success was "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", recorded by the Shirelles.

Hits, charted songs and notable album tracks by Goffin and King

Year Song Original artist U.S. Hot 100 Other versions, chart information and album notes
1961 "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" The Shirelles 1 Carole King (in 1971), The Four Seasons (in 1968, #24), Cher, Roberta Flack, Amy Winehouse, Melanie, Jackie DeShannon, Len Barry, Bunny Sigler, Cissy Houston, The Platters, Neil Diamond (in 1993), Linda Ronstadt, Angus Tung (in Mandarin), Shirley Kwan and Alan Tam (in Cantonese), Dusty Springfield, Dave Mason and Debbie Gibson (both under the title "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow"), The Rocky Fellers, Lorrie Morgan, and Minnie Driver (performed in the film "Beautiful)", Françoise Hardy, Bryan Ferry.
1961 "Take Good Care of My Baby" Bobby Vee 1 Dion and the Belmonts (later in 1961), Bobby Vinton (in 1968), Smokie (in 1981), Bobby Vee, Stephen Collins, Dick Brave
"Some Kind of Wonderful" The Drifters 32 Marvin Gaye (in 1968), Carole King (in 1971); not the same song as the Grand Funk Railroad hit
"Halfway to Paradise" Tony Orlando 39 Billy Fury (1962), Bobby Vinton (1968), Tina Charles (1977)
"Every Breath I Take" Gene Pitney 42 No relation to the Police's "Every Breath You Take"
"Walkin' with My Angel" Bobby Vee 53 Herman's Hermits
"Don't Ever Change" The Crickets - The Beatles (in 1963, unreleased until 1994), Brinsley Schwarz (1973), Bryan Ferry (in 1973), Mud (in 1982)
1962 "Chains" The Cookies 17 The Beatles (in 1963), Carole King (in 1980)
"Keep Your Hands Off My Baby" Little Eva 12 The Beatles (in 1964, unreleased until 1994)
"The Loco-Motion" Little Eva 1 The Chiffons (in 1963), Emerson Lake & Powell (instrumental), Grand Funk Railroad (in 1974, #1), Carole King (in 1980), Kylie Minogue (in 1988, #3), Tina Turner, Dwight Yoakam. Originally published as "Loco Motion".
"He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss)" The Crystals - The Motels (in 1982), Hole (in 1994), Grizzly Bear (in 2007)
"Go Away Little Girl" Steve Lawrence 1 Mark Wynter, The Tams, Donny Osmond (in 1971, #1), The Happenings (in 1966, #12)
"Point Of No Return" Gene McDaniels 21
"It Might As Well Rain Until September" Carole King 22 Bobby Vee, Helen Shapiro
1963 "Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)" The Cookies 7
"Old Smokey Locomotion" Little Eva 48
"I Can't Stay Mad at You" Skeeter Davis 7
"Hey Girl" Freddie Scott 10 Donny Osmond (in 1972, #9), George Benson (1977), Carole King (in 1980), Billy Joel (Greatest Hits Volume III in 1997), Bob James & David Sanborn, Ray Charles & Michael McDonald (duet, from Charles' album "Genius Loves Company"), Bobby Vee (as part of a medley with The Temptations' hit My Girl in 1968, #35), Righteous Brothers (1966, on their album Soul & Inspiration)
"One Fine Day" The Chiffons 5 Rita Coolidge (in 1979, #66), Carole King (in 1980, #12), Aaron Neville (in 1993), Natalie Merchant (in 1996)
"Up on the Roof" The Drifters 5 Kenny Lynch (1964), King (in 1970), Laura Nyro (in 1970), James Taylor (in 1979, #28), Neil Diamond (in 1993), Billy Joe Royal, Peter Cincotti
1964 "I Can't Hear You No More" Betty Everett 66 Dusty Springfield (in 1965), King (in 1970), Helen Reddy (in 1976, #29)
"I'm into Something Good" Earl-Jean 38 Herman's Hermits (later in 1964, #13, UK #1)
"Oh No Not My Baby" Maxine Brown 24 Manfred Mann (in 1965), Dusty Springfield (in 1965), Aretha Franklin (in 1970), Rod Stewart (in 1973, #59), The Partridge Family (Bulletin Board in 1973), King (in 1980 and 2001), Cher (in 1992, #33 in the U.K.), Linda Ronstadt (in 1994)
1965 "Some of Your Lovin'" Dusty Springfield
(UK #8)
"Don't Forget About Me" Barbara Lewis 91 Dusty Springfield (US #64)
1966 "Don't Bring Me Down" The Animals 12 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (in 1986)
"Road to Nowhere" Carole King - White Trash (1969)
"Take a Giant Step" The Monkees - From the 1966 US/UK number-one LP The Monkees, plus Taj Mahal (1969)
"Sometime in the Morning" The Monkees - From the 1967 US/UK number-one LP More of The Monkees
"Goin' Back" Dusty Springfield - (UK #10), Goldie (recorded in 1966 but unreleased), The Byrds (in 1968, #89), King (in 1970) and (in 1980), Larry Lurex (1973) Nils Lofgren, Elkie Brooks, Johnny Logan, Diana Ross, Glen Shorrock & Renee Geyer (Aust. 1983), Phil Collins (2010)
"I Can't Make It Alone" P.J. Proby - Dusty Springfield, Maria McKee (in 1993)
1967 "Pleasant Valley Sunday" The Monkees 3 The Weisstronauts (in 2008)
"Star Collector" The Monkees - From the 1967 US number-one LP Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.
"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" Aretha Franklin 8 King (in 1971), Laura Nyro (in 1971), Rod Stewart (in 1974), Bonnie Tyler (in 1978), Mary J. Blige (in 1995, #95), Celine Dion (in 1995)
1968 "Porpoise Song" The Monkees 62 Bongwater (in 1988)
"I Wasn't Born to Follow" The Byrds
King (in 1980), Tracy Grammer (in 2004), Beth Orton (in 2012). Byrds' single released as "Wasn't Born to Follow".
1970 "Hi-De-Ho (That Old Sweet Roll)" Blood, Sweat & Tears 14 Dusty Springfield (non-LP B-side in 1969), King (in 1980)

Songs by Gerry Goffin with other songwriters

In addition to King, Goffin also collaborated with other songwriters, notably Barry Mann, Russ Titelman, Barry Goldberg and Michael Masser. Works produced by these collaborations include:
More recent works attributed to Goffin are:
Year Song Songwriters Performer U.S. Hot 100 Cover versions
1961 "Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)" Goffin & Mann Barry Mann #7
1961 "Run to Him" Goffin & Keller Bobby Vee #2 Donny Osmond (in 1972)
1965 "Just Once in My Life" Goffin & King & Spector The Righteous Brothers #9
"Hung on You" Goffin & King & Spector The Righteous Brothers #47
1966 "Sweet Young Thing" Goffin & King & Michael Nesmith The Monkees
from the 1966 US/UK number-one LP The Monkees
1973 "I've Got to Use My Imagination" Goffin & Goldberg Gladys Knight and The Pips #4
1975 "It's Not the Spotlight" Goffin & Goldberg Rod Stewart
Beth Orton (in 1996)
1975 "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" Goffin & Masser Diana Ross #1
1978 "Saving All My Love for You" Goffin & Masser Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.
Whitney Houston (US #1 in 1985, UK #1 in 1985)
1980 "Someone That I Used to Love" Goffin & Masser Natalie Cole #21
1983 "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love" Goffin & Masser Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson #16
1984 "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You" Goffin & Masser George Benson
Glenn Medeiros (US #12 in 1987, UK #1 in 1988)
1989 "Miss You Like Crazy" Goffin & Masser Natalie Cole #7

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