Skip to comments.Lyricist Gerry Goffin, Carole King's ex-husband and prolific writing partner, dies at 75
Posted on 06/19/2014 3:16:10 PM PDT by EveningStar
Lyricist Gerry Goffin, 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...
Goffin, who married King in 1959 while they were in their teens, 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. The couple divorced in 1968, but Goffin kept writing hits, including "Savin' All My Love for You" for Whitney Houston...
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Just by coincidence, I happened to have looked up and played “Oh, Neil”, by Carole King, and lyrics by Goffin.
RIP Mr. Goffin.
It is truly a gift to be able to write songs. Over and over. RIP
Will You Love Me Tomorrow, written by Gerry and Carole and sung by Carole, is one of my favorite songs.
Short Mort--Carole King (1959)
It is truly one of the greatest songs of all time. It treats very serious issues in a beautiful and accessible way. Every word and note of that song is perfect.
RIP Gerry Coffin, you put the talent God lent you to excellent use.
It is also a skill one must acquire.
“RIP Gerry Coffin...”
Hey, HEY...it’s Goffin, not Coffin!
You can become a skilled welder with training.
Art is a gift from God. IMHO
Here come the answers:
Goffin also collaborated with another Aldon composer, Barry Mann, on the hit “Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp Bomp Bomp Bomp).
Apparently he did : )
LOL, sorry, what a typo!
You say with words unspoken
That I am the only one;
But will my heart be broken
When the night meets the morning sun?
Not bad, eh?
Over in Britain, the smart set are not fooled by mis-spellings. Any boffin could tell you: it’s Goffin in the coffin.
Songwriting is a craft. People who are gifted with artistic talent but fail to learn and master the skill of songwriting produce unpublished crap.
Talented, gifted songwriters have to work their asses off to acquire the skills necessary to elevate their craft to a professional level, then they have to work their asses off crafting every single song they write. Every once in a blue moon, a songwriter who has spent all that time learning the craft and creating songs will write a song in a day or two, but it's quite rare.
How many millions of 'students' of songwriting/writing/movie making are still waiting tables? Every waiter in NYC or LA is an actor/writer just waiting.
Art is a gift. Skills can be honed and refined. Talent is inate.
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