Gerry Goffin, the genius behind the hit song “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” has died at the age of 75.
Goffin, who was once married to Carole King, was also responsible for writing some of the most popular songs of the 60s, including “One Fine Day,” “The Loco-Motion” and “Up on the Roof.”
His death on Thursday was confirmed by his wife Michelle but no cause has been disclosed as of yet.
King, his ex-wife and songwriting partner, said, “Gerry was a good man with a dynamic force, whose words and creative influence will resonate for generations to come. His words expressed what so many people were feeling but didn’t know how to say.”
She added, “Back in 1961, Goffin’s song “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” which was performed by the band The Shirelles gained huge following. However, it was also highly criticized by thousands who claimed the lyrics of the song were too “sexually suggestive,” according to
King and Goffin’s love affair was the center of the Tony Award-nominated musical entitled “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway.
After their short nine-year marriage, King and Goffin decided to split up in 1968 but Goffin continued writing other songs that gained him respect and following. Some of the songs he wrote post breakup include Whitney Houston’s hit “Savin’ All My Love for You” and a whole lot more.
Several other artists have also recorded the same song including Kanye West, Dusty Springfield and Bruce Springsteen.
Goffin’s daughter, Louise said in a statement, as reported by
People Magazine, “He wore his heart on his sleeve, and I am deeply blessed to have had a father who could so easily make the world laugh and cry with just a spiral notebook and a pen.”
Other details regarding Goffin’s funeral service has not yet been publicized by his family.