Gerry Goffin Dies

Songwriter and Recording Academy Trustees Award recipient dies at 75
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    Gerry Goffin
June 19, 2014 -- 3:08 pm PDT
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Songwriter and Recording Academy Trustees Award recipient Gerry Goffin died June 19 in Los Angeles. A cause of death has not been disclosed. He was 75. Along with his then-wife and songwriting partner, GRAMMY winner Carole King, Goffin penned such hits as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" (the Shirelles), "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (Aretha Franklin), "Up On The Roof" (the Drifters), "Pleasant Valley Sunday" (the Monkees), "Crying In The Rain" (the Everly Brothers), and "The Loco-Motion" (Little Eva). After he and King divorced, Goffin penned hits for the likes of Whitney Houston ("Saving All My Love For You"). In 1975 he garnered an Oscar nomination for Music (Original Song) for co-writing "Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" with Michael Masser. Goffin and King were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. In 1996 Goffin released Back Room Blood, an album featuring original solo material with several songs co-penned by GRAMMY winner Bob Dylan. Goffin was honored with a Trustees Award from The Academy in 2004. "Gerry Goffin was a profound lyricist who penned chart-topping hits for various artists for more than 40 years," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "His prolific career has left an indelible mark on our culture, and his exceptional legacy will continue to teach and inspire many generations to come."

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