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Subject: Obit: Lyricist Gerry Goffin (1939-2014) C. Kin
From: Acme
Date: 19 Jun 14 - 09:28 PM

Gerry Goffin, Carole King's Ex-Husband, Dies at 75

JUNE 19, 2014,

NEW YORK — Gerry Goffin, a prolific and multi-dimensional lyricist who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," ''(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," ''Up on the Roof" and "The Loco-Motion," died early Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75.

His wife, Michelle Goffin, confirmed his death.

Goffin, who married King in 1959, penned more than 50 top 40 hits, including "Pleasant Valley Sunday" for the Monkees, "Crying in the Rain" by the Everly Brothers, "Some Kind of Wonderful" for the Drifters and "Take Good Care of My Baby" by Bobby Vee. Goffin was able to pen jokey lyrics or achingly sad ones, and he did it for solo artists and multiple voices.

Louise Goffin, one of his daughters, said her dad "wore his heart on his sleeve, and I am deeply blessed to have had a father who could so easily make the world laugh and cry with just a spiral notebook and a pen."

King and Goffin divorced in 1968, but Goffin kept writing hits, including "Savin' All My Love for You" for Whitney Houston. Goffin and King were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three years later.

King said in a statement that Goffin 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," King said. "His words expressed what so many people were feeling but didn't know how to say."

Goffin's lyrics could veer from romantic to defiant to silly. In "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," he touchingly wrote, "Tonight with words unspoken/You say that I'm the only one/But will my heart be broken?/When the night meets the morning sun?"


Read the rest at the link

SRS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lyricist Gerry Goffin (1939-2014) C. King ex
From: fat B****rd
Date: 20 Jun 14 - 04:39 AM

I didn't really know at the time but Mr. Goffin's lyrics were part of the musical background to my life. To-day I'm a huge fan of Ms King and will always love those magical songs they wrote together.
RIP Mr. Goffin.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lyricist Gerry Goffin (1939-2014) C. King ex
From: Janie
Date: 20 Jun 14 - 05:41 AM

I was going to say virtually the same thing, Charlie. Wrote a good chunk of the songs that made up the soundtrack of my youth.

Condolences to his family and friends.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lyricist Gerry Goffin (1939-2014) C. King ex
From: Will Fly
Date: 20 Jun 14 - 07:56 AM

Fantastic songwriters both, and a wonderful partnership.

When some people in the folk world decry or sneer at "Tin Pan Alley", they should remember these peerless creators of songs, who put talent, emotion and hard work into creating timeless masterpieces.

I remember the first day I started work as a callow youth of 18. The hit of the day was Carole King's "It Might As Well Rain Until September". Whenever I hear that, it takes me right back to that sunny morning all those years ago. It was only later, when I started playing guitar, that I realised the artistry that went into structuring that melody and its harmonic progression. And many like it.

RIP Gerry Goffin.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lyricist Gerry Goffin (1939-2014) C. King ex
From: Musket
Date: 20 Jun 14 - 08:13 AM

Spooky. I was only playing Carole King's Tapestry album in the car the other day and sat wondering how the pair of them could be such good song writers.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lyricist Gerry Goffin (1939-2014) C. King ex
From: Wesley S
Date: 20 Jun 14 - 08:56 AM

The amount of truly classic songs he helped write is staggering.

Among them:

Up on the Roof
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
Will You Love Me Tomorrow
The Loco-Motion
I'm Into Something Good
One Fine Day
Take Good Care of My Baby
Pleasant Valley Sunday
Goin' Back
Saving All My Love For You
Don't bring me down
Do You Know Where You're Going To?
Who put the Bomp?
Go Away Little Girl


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lyricist Gerry Goffin (1939-2014) C. King ex
From: Acme
Date: 20 Jun 14 - 11:51 AM

Mudcat is a folk and blues site, a special niche in a larger world of music. When I was very young I was exposed to mostly classical music and then folk as my father took up the guitar and started learning songs. In my early teens the old family FM radio from the kitchen was replaced with a newer model so got the old one in my room. I turned the dial to a rock 'n roll station and my musical world expanded. Rock and popular music was the soundscape from my teen and college years and beyond.

When I started this I was thinking the same thing that fat B****rd and Janie said - for those of us who grew up with Carole King on the radio, the songs these two wrote weren't just catchy or entertaining, they spoke to us and for us. Singer songwriters like King, James Taylor, Carly Simon, and many others have been topics of discussion here at Mudcat. There's room in our lives for many forms of music - and that's an excellent thing.

As a child and teen I remember my dad as a musical snob, though he may have mellowed in later years when I no longer lived nearby. Elvis, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, they didn't play in the house when dad was home, they were listened to in private. But when Carole King came along, her LPs were played in the house or tuned in on the radio without reference to parental preference. I think they offered a way of telling the parents who we were. Not a scientific observation, or one that is explained any more beyond this statement, but through hindsight it feels accurate.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lyricist Gerry Goffin (1939-2014) C. King ex
From: GUEST,DTM
Date: 20 Jun 14 - 12:52 PM

My all time favourite pop song is Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow. They've written many quality hits and quality songs that weren't hits.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lyricist Gerry Goffin (1939-2014) C. King ex
From: Genie
Date: 20 Jun 14 - 04:57 PM

Like so many other lyricists (Bernie Taupin, Tim Rice, etc.), Gerry Goffin's contribution to songs was/is too often overlooked in the media and in songwriter credits but nonetheless important.    Thanks for helping pen so many good songs, Gerry.   Sorry you left us so early.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lyricist Gerry Goffin (1939-2014) C. King ex
From: GUEST,mauvepink
Date: 20 Jun 14 - 06:55 PM

Sad loss of a great talent from a time all music was folk music


Do RIP Mr Goffin as your memory remains alive with evry lyric you wrote :)

mp


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lyricist Gerry Goffin (1939-2014) C. King ex
From: Janie
Date: 20 Jun 14 - 11:05 PM

My local NPR station carries a BBC News Hour every morning that I presume (perhaps incorrectly) is targeted at North American audiences. The broadcast featured a remembrance of Goffin this morning during which the British music critic voiced his opinion that some of the songs written by Goffin (Goffin was usually the lyricist in all of his collaborations) will, over time, enter the genre of folk songs, so enduring and universal are his lyrics. He might be correct about that.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lyricist Gerry Goffin (1939-2014) C. King ex
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 21 Jun 14 - 06:28 AM

That BBC TV item on Gerry was broadcast in the UK.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lyricist Gerry Goffin (1939-2014) C. King ex
From: alanabit
Date: 21 Jun 14 - 02:36 PM

I remember "Wasn't Born To Follow", "This Old Heart of Mine" and "Going Back" being among my favourite songs. He was one of the best of his generation.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lyricist Gerry Goffin (1939-2014) C. King ex
From: GUEST,mauvepink
Date: 21 Jun 14 - 04:16 PM

I already considered so many of his songs as "folk music"... even moreso now I think about many of them. There is no doubt in my mind what makes a folk song folk. And in my mind anything can be what it wants to be....


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lyricist Gerry Goffin (1939-2014) C. King ex
From: Banjo-Flower
Date: 22 Jun 14 - 02:59 PM

"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow"by The Shirelles 1st record I ever bought

RIP Gerry

Gerry


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Subject: RE: Obit: Lyricist Gerry Goffin (1939-2014) C. King ex
From: goatfell
Date: 23 Jun 14 - 01:49 PM

so sad R.I.P


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