Gerry Goffin We Will Still Love You Tomorrow

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Submitted by Don Graham

Gerry Goffin, lyricist , has died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75. His wife, Michelle Goffin, says he died of natural causes.

It used to be when you picked up a “record” there was the song title in a large font and right underneath in smaller print and in parenthesis the songwriter or songwriters. In the 60’s under the title of some of your favourites you would see ( Goffin /King). The King was Carole King the Goffin - Gerry Goffin.  This pair wrote some the classics that are woven into the tapestry of the American songbook of the 60’s.  Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, Up On The Roof, Chains covered by the Beatles, (You Make Me Feel  Like) A Natural Woman.

Goffin was born in Brooklyn in 1939 and met King at Queens College.  The two were married in 1959 while they were in their teens. Goffin and King wrote more than 50 Top 40 hits, including Pleasant Valley Sunday for the Monkees, Crying in the Rain by The Everly Brothers, Take Good Care of My Baby by Bobby Vee and  the classic You've Got a Friend by James Taylor. They also wrote Locomotion and Halfway To Paradise.

"She was interested in writing rock 'n' roll, and I was interested in writing this Broadway play," Goffin said  in 2001. "So we had an agreement where she would write the music to the play if I would write the lyrics to some of her rock 'n' roll melodies. And eventually it came to be a boy-and-girl relationship. Eventually I began to lose heart in my play, and we stuck to writing rock 'n' roll."

Carole King issued the following statement; "Gerry was a good man with a dynamic force, whose words and creative influence will resonate for generations to come," King said. "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."

The Goffin-King love affair was the subject of the Tony Award-nominated musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway. King, although she backed the show, could not bear to watch it as it brought up too many up sad and painful memories. In April she finally sat through it.

In the musical we see Carole and Gerry writing their songs at Aldon Music in the Brill Building at 49th and Broadway  in Manhattan. Also writing in the building at the time were Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield and Carole Bayer Sager.

After their divorce, Goffin wrote with Michael Masser and won an Academy Award nomination 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 in 1990. Gerry Goffin is survived by his five children and his wife, Michelle.