Gerry Goffin

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Gerry Goffin
Birth name Gerald Goffin
Born (1939-02-11) February 11, 1939 (age 75)
Origin Brooklyn, New York
Associated acts Carole King

Gerald "Gerry" Goffin (born February 11, 1939) is an American lyricist. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 with former songwriting partner and first wife, Carole King.[1] During his carrer Goffin penned seven Billboard Hot 100 chart-toppers, and a total of 59 Top 40 hits.


Born in Brooklyn, New York,[1] Goffin enlisted with the Marine Corps Reserve after graduating from Brooklyn Technical High School. After spending a year at the U.S. Naval Academy, he resigned from the Navy to study chemistry at Queens College.

He married Carole King in August 1959 (he was 20; she was 17), and the husband-wife team pursued a successful songwriting career, notably as part of the famous Brill Building songwriting collective. Their breakthrough hit was "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", which was recorded by the Shirelles and went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1961. His other number ones with King were "Take Good Care of My Baby" by Bobby Vee, "Go Away Little Girl" by Steve Lawrence (later a number one hit for Donny Osmond), and "The Loco-Motion" by Little Eva (later a number one hit for Grand Funk Railroad and a number three hit for Kylie Minogue). They also wrote Pleasant Valley Sunday which was recorded by the Monkees and which reached the number three spot on the Billboard chart in the U.S. Although they divorced in 1968, the two continued to work together for some years afterward. They are the parents of singer-songwriter Louise Goffin and Sherry Goffin Kondor. According to King's memoir, Goffin suffered from mental illness following ingestion of LSD, eventually undergoing treatment with lithium and electroshock therapy, and was diagnosed with manic depression.

In addition to King, Goffin also collaborated with other songwriters, notably Barry Mann, Russ Titelman, Barry Goldberg and Michael Masser. Works produced by these collaborations include:

More recent works attributed to Goffin are:

In 1995, Goffin remarried. He was one of the first people to take notice of Kelly Clarkson's talent and had hired her to do demo work prior to her auditioning for American Idol in 2001.

Today, Goffin lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

See also[edit]


  • It Ain't Exactly Entertainment (1973)
  • Back Room Blood (1995)[1]


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