Saturday, June 21, 2014

To Absent Friends - Gerry Goffin

This past week brought news of the death of legendary lyricist Gerry Goffin at the age of 75.

If you are my age and were of college age in the early 1970's, chances are you owned the great Carole King album, Tapestry, and it you did, you are very familiar with the songs of Gerry Goffin, many of which he wrote with Miss King, who was also his wife for many years.

The music of Goffin and King truly is the "music of your life" for people who came of age in the 1960's and -70's, and it is an incredible body of work:

  • Will You Love Me Tomorrow
  • Up On The Roof
  • Natural Woman
  • Take Good Care of My Baby
  • The Locomotion
  • Hey, Girl
  • One Fine Day
  • Who Put the Bomp
And the list goes on and on.  

After their divorce, Goffin and King remained friendly, but each went their separate ways as songwriters and, in King's case, a performer.  And while I love Carole King, I have to agree with the assessment of some show biz insider from one of Goffin's obituaries: "We all love Carole, but face it, what really great song has she written since she split with Gerry?"

Let's close with The Shirelles singing one of the first great songs from Goffin and King, Will You Love Me Tomorrow:

RIP Gerry Goffin

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