“He had a profound impact on my life and the rest of the world. Gerry was a good man and a dynamic force, whose words and creative influence will resonate for generations to come,” King said in a statement, CNN reports. “His words expressed what so many people were feeling but didn’t know how to say. If you want to join his loved ones in honoring him, look at the names of the songwriters under the titles of songs,” she said.
Goffin, who died at home in Los Angeles of natural causes, was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 11, 1939, according to the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.
He met King at Queens College and married her in 1959, their first songwriting break being The Shirrelles’ “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” The couple divorced in 1968, but continued to work together. They were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
Goffin was a prolific songwriter, penning several ubiquitous classics such as “Up On The Roof” and “Some Kind Of Wonderful,” recorded by The Drifters; “Natural Woman,” recorded by Aretha Franklin; “The Loco-Motion,” recorded by Little Eva; and “He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss),” recorded by The Crystals and referenced in Lana Del Rey’s single “Ultraviolence.”
Check out a playlist of Goffin’s hits below: