Thursday, June 19 2014, 07:09 PM EDT
Hit Songwriter Gerry Goffin Dead at 75
Lyricist Gerry Goffin, who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such 1960s hits as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and "Natural Woman," has died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75.
He and King also were behind "Halfway to Paradise" and "The Loco-Motion."
His wife, Michelle Goffin, says he died Wednesday of natural causes.
Goffin married King in 1959 while they were in their teens. He penned 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 "You've Got a Friend" by James Taylor.
Goffin and King divorced in 1968. Their love affair is the subject of the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical."
The Beatles are among many artists who give Goffin major credit for their songwriting inspiration.