The Recording Academy Issues Statement on Passing of Legendary Lyricist Gerry Goffin

The Recording Academy Issues Statement on Passing of Legendary Lyricist Gerry Goffin

As BWW reported yesterday, Gerald "Gerry" Goffin, the legendary lyricist who, with songwriting partner (and first wife) Carole King, was responsible for some of the greatest popular hits of the 20th Century, died at his home of natural causes on Thursday, June 19, 2014. The announcement was made by his wife Michele Goffin.

In addition to the several hits he wrote with King, Goffin also wrote songs such as "Do You Know Where You're Going To (Theme from Mahogany)" and "Saving All My Love For You" with Michael Masser, "Who Put The Bomp" withBarry Mann, and "I've Got To Use My Imagination" with Barry Goldberg.

Today, The Recording Academy has issued the following statement on the passing of Gerry Goffin:

June 20, 2014

A legendary songwriter and a 2004 Recording Academy Trustees Award recipient (along with Carole King), Gerry Goffin was a profound lyricist who penned chart-topping hits for various artists for more than 40 years. He began his career with King, embarking on a remarkable songwriting partnership that resulted in such timeless classics as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," and "Up On The Roof." Goffin would later go on to compose such No. 1 songs as "Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To?)" and "Saving All My Love For You." His prolific career has left an indelible mark on our culture, and his exceptional legacy will continue to teach and inspire many generations to come. Our music community has truly lost one of its finest, and our deepest sympathies go out to his family, his friends, and all who have benefited from and have been moved by his extraordinary and heartfelt talent.

Neil Portnow

Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy®/ © 2004. Photographed by: R. Diamond.

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