Gerry Goffin, who was husband and collaborator to Carole King, died today at the age of 75. Together Goffin and King wrote some of the most memorable hits of the 60s, from the vulnerable ballad "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" to psychedelic "Porpoise Song."
In a statement King said that Goffin was "my first love." The two met at Queens College, and married when she was still in her teens. She wrote: "His words expressed what so many people were feeling but didn't know how to say." King also tweeted a tribute:
Gerry Goffin 1939-2014 There are no words. pic.twitter.com/TSxj8B1gdK— Carole King (@Carole_King) June 19, 2014
In honor of Goffin's life, here are some of our favorite of his and King's collaborations. And really, we're only scratching the surface.
"Will You Love Me Tomorrow" (1961)
"The Loco-Motion" (1962)
"One Fine Day" (1963)
"Up on the Roof" (1963)
"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (1967)
"Porpoise Song" (1968)
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