1939 – Pop lyricist Gerry Goffin is born in Queens, N.Y. Working

1939 – Pop lyricist Gerry Goffin is born on This Day In Rock in Queens, N.Y. Working at the Brill Building, he wrote scores of classics with Carole King, including “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman” and  “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”.

Gerry Goffin is an American lyricist. In 1990, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with former songwriting partner and first wife, Carole King. He has co-written six Billboard Hot 100 chart-toppers as of 2008.

After graduating from Brooklyn Technical High School, Goffin enlisted with the Marine Corps Reserve. He spent a year at the U.S. Naval Academy then resigned to study chemistry at Queens College.

In September 1960 he married Carole King. The husband-wife team pursued a successful songwriting career, notably as part of the famous Brill Building songwriting team. Their breakthrough hit in 1961 recorded by The Shirelles and later Dusty Springfield was “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”. Since their divorce in 1968, the two continued to work together for some years afterward. They are the parents of Sherry Goffin Kondor and singer-songwriter Louise Goffin.

Goffin also collaborated with other songwriters such as Barry Mann, Barry Goldberg, Russ Titelman and Michael Masser. Works produced by these collaborations include; “It’s Not the Spotlight” with Barry Goldberg, recorded by Rod Stewart;
“So Sad the Song” with Michael Masser, recorded by Gladys Knight & the Pips (nominated for a Golden Globe Award) and
“Yes I Will” with Russ Titelman, recorded by The Hollies, The Monkees and others.
More recent works attributed to Goffin are “Time, Don’t Run Out On Me”, recorded by Anne Murray and “A Long and Lasting Love”, recorded by Glenn Medeiros.

Goffin 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.

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