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Gerald "Gerry" Goffin

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: New York, Kings County, New York, United States
Death: June 19, 2014 (75)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Jacob Goffin and wife of Jacob Goffin
Husband of Barbara Beth Behling
Ex-husband of Carole King
Father of <private> Goffin; <private> Goffin and Jesse Dean Goffin

Managed by: Bill Allen Silverman
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About Gerry Goffin

Gerry Goffin (born Gerald Goffin, February 11, 1939, Brooklyn, New York) 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. As of 2008 he has co-written seven Billboard Hot 100 chart-toppers, and 59 Top 40 hits.


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, 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. 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:

"It's Not the Spotlight" with Barry Goldberg, recorded by Manhattan Transfer, Rod Stewart and Kim Carnes
"So Sad the Song" with Michael Masser, recorded by Gladys Knight & the Pips (nominated for a Golden Globe Award)
"Saving All My Love for You" with Michael Masser, recorded by Whitney Houston (Grammy Award winner for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance 1986)
"Yes I Will" with Russ Titelman, recorded by The Hollies, The Monkees (as "I'll Be True to You") and others

More recent works attributed to Goffin are:

"Time, Don't Run Out On Me"; recorded by Anne Murray
"A Long and Lasting Love"; recorded by Glenn Medeiros

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.

List of songs written by Goffin and King


It Ain't Exactly Entertainment (1973)

Back Room Blood (1995)
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Gerry Goffin's Timeline

February 11, 1939
New York, Kings County, New York, United States
June 19, 2014
Age 75
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States