Songwriting Legend Gerry Goffin Dies In L.A.

Songwriting Legend Gerry Goffin Dies In L.A.

(Los Angeles, CA) -- Carole King's one-time husband and songwriting partner has died. Deadline.com says Gerry Goffin passed away Thursday morning in Los Angeles. His wife Michele Goffin says Gerry died at home of natural causes. He was 75. With King, Goffin wrote numerous pop hits of the 1960s, including "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "The Loco-Motion," and "Take Good Care Of My Baby," helping to create the soundtrack of a generation.

In a statement King calls Goffin her "first love," explaining that he had a "profound impact" on both her life and "the rest of the world." She describes him as "a dynamic force" whose "words and creative influence will resonate for generations to come." King also praises Goffin for his lyrical abilities, and that "his words expressed what so many people were feeling but didn't know how to say." Goffin is one of the primary characters in the current Broadway show, "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical."