Songwriter Gerry Goffin, who in the late ’50s on into the ’60s collaborated on songs with his wife, a then-unknown Carole King, died today at hit home in Los Angeles, according to his wife Michelle.
Carole King Tweeted this: “Gerry Goffin 1939-2014 There are no words.”
The cause of death has not yet been revealed.
Goffin-King were one of the songwriting duos who worked out of the Brill Building in New York.
Their #1 hits included “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” recorded by the Shirelles and “The Loco-Motion,” recorded by Little Eva.
Probably their most infamous collaboration was 1962’s “He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss),’ which Phil Spector produced for The Crystals.
Here’s The Guardian’s obit
Read the New York Times’ obit here.
Read Rolling Stone’s obit here.
The Shirelles, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”:
Little Eva, “The Loco-Motion”:
The Chiffons, “One Fine Day”:
The Drifters, “Up On The Roof”:
The Crystals, “He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss)”:
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