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Carole King's Prolific Songwriting Partner Gerry Goffin Dies At 75

June 20th, 2014 8:14am EDT | Kevin Blair By: Kevin Blair favorite Add to My News

Gerry Goffin

Songwriter Gerry Goffin, best known for his collaborations with ex-wife Carole King, passed away on Thursday morning at his Los Angeles home. He was 75.

Before King's solo career took off in the early 70s, the pair had written a number of classics, including Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," The Shirelles' "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," Whitney Houston's "Savin' All My Love For You," The Drifters' "Some Kind of Wonderful" and the Monkees' "Pleasant Valley Sunday."

"Gerry was a good man with a dynamic force, whose words and creative influence will resonate for generations to come," King said on Thursday, paying tribute to her former partner.

"His legacy to me is our two daughters, four grandchildren, and our songs that have touched millions and millions of people, as well as a lifelong friendship."

The couple divorced in 1968 but remained together professionally for decades after and were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

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