Songwriter Gerry Goffin, co-author of hits ranging from dance classic The Loco-Motion to Whitney Houston’s Saving All My Love For You, has died aged 75, his ex-wife Carole King says.
The Loco-Motion was a hit for Australian singer Kylie Minogue, reaching number 3 on the US charts in 1988, after reaching number 1 for two other acts in 1974 and 1962.
Goffin, who wrote some of his biggest hits during his 10-year marriage to singing icon King, died of natural causes at his Los Angeles home, industry journal Variety reported.
“Gerry Goffin was my first love,” said King, who married him in 1959, in a statement issued by her publicist.
“He had a profound impact on my life and the rest of the world. Gerry was a good man and a dynamic force, whose words and creative influence will resonate for generations to come,” she added.
Goffin’s hits written with King include Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow and (You Make me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, as well as Some Kind of Wonderful for the Drifters, The Loco-Motion for Little Eva and Pleasant Valley Sunday for The Monkees.
He had seven number ones on the Billboard singles chart including Saving All My Love For You for Houston in 1986, as well as dozens of top-40 records.
“His words expressed what so many people were feeling but didn’t know how to say,” said King, who had two daughters with Goffin.
“If you want to join his loved ones in honouring him, look at the names of the songwriters under the titles of songs. Among the titles associated with me, you’ll often find Gerry’s name next to mine,” she added.
Goffin was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, according to Variety.