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Gerry Goffin
Birth name Gerald Goffin
Born February 11, 1939 (1939-02-11) (age 70)
Origin Brooklyn, New York

Gerry Goffin (born Gerald Goffin, February 11, 1939, Brooklyn, New York[1]) 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.[1] As of 2008 he has co-written six Billboard Hot 100 chart-toppers.



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 September 1960, and the husband-wife team pursued a successful songwriting career, notably as part of the famous Brill Building songwriting team. Their breakthrough hit was 1961's "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", which was recorded by The Shirelles and later, Dusty Springfield. Although they divorced in 1968, the two continued to work together for some years afterwards. They are the parents of singer-songwriter Louise Goffin and Sherry Goffin Kondor.

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:

More recent works attributed to Goffin are:

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.

Songs by Goffin

Year Song Songwriters Performer U.S. Hot 100 Cover versions
1960 "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" Goffin & King The Shirelles #1 Dusty Springfield (in 1964), Cher (in 1966), The Four Seasons (#24, 1968), Linda Ronstadt (in 1970), Carole King (in 1971, Roberta Flack (#76, 1972), Melanie, (#82, 1973), Dana Valery, (#95, 1976), Dave Mason (#39, 1978), Laura Branigan (in 1984), Joe Walsh (in 1992)
1961 "Who Put The Bomp (In the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)" Goffin & Mann Barry Mann #7
1961 "Every Breath I Take" Goffin & King Gene Pitney
1961 "Run To Him" Goffin & Keller Bobby Vee #2 Donny Osmond (in 1972)
1961 "Take Good Care of My Baby" Goffin & King Bobby Vee #1 Dion and the Belmonts (later in 1961), Smokie (in 1981), Bobby Vinton, Stephen Collins, The Beatles (in 1962), Dick Brave
1961 "Halfway To Paradise" Goffin & King Tony Orlando #39 Billy Fury
1961 "Some Kind of Wonderful" Goffin & King The Drifters #32 Marvin Gaye (in 1968), King (in 1971); not the same song as the Grand Funk Railroad hit
1962 "Chains" Goffin & King The Cookies #17 The Beatles (in 1963), King (in 1980)
1962 "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby" Goffin & King Little Eva #12 The Beatles (in 1964)
1962 "The Loco-Motion" Goffin & King Little Eva #1 The Chiffons (in 1963), Grand Funk Railroad (in 1974, #1), King (in 1980), Kylie Minogue (in 1988, #3), Tina Turner, Dwight Yoakam
1962 "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)" Goffin & King The Crystals - The Motels (in 1982)
1962 "When My Little Girl Is Smiling" Goffin & King The Drifters #28
1962 "Point Of No Return" Goffin & King Gene McDaniels #21
1962 "Go Away Little Girl" Goffin & King Steve Lawrence #1 Donny Osmond (in 1971, #1)
1962 "Up on the Roof" Goffin & King The Drifters - Kenny Lynch (UK #10, in 1962), King (in 1970), Laura Nyro (in 1970), James Taylor (in 1979 (#28)), Neil Diamond (in 1993), Billy Joe Royal, Peter Cincotti, Robson & Jerome
1963 "Don't Say Nothing Bad (About My Baby)" Goffin & King The Cookies #7
1963 "Hey Girl" Goffin & King Freddie Scott #10 Donny Osmond (in 1972, #9), King (in 1980), Billy Joel (in 1997)
1963 "One Fine Day" Goffin & King The Chiffons #5 Rita Coolidge (in 1979, #66), King (in 1980, #12), Aaron Neville (in 1993), Natalie Merchant (in 1996)
1964 "I Can't Hear You No More" Goffin & King Betty Everett #66 Dusty Springfield (in 1965), King (in 1970), Helen Reddy (in 1976, #29)
1964 "I'm into Something Good" Goffin & King "Earl-Jean" McCrea #38 Herman's Hermits (later in 1964, #13)
1964 "Oh No Not My Baby" Goffin & King Maxine Brown #24 Manfred Mann (in 1965), Dusty Springfield (in 1965), Aretha Franklin (in 1970), Rod Stewart (in 1973, #59), King (in 1980), Cher (in 1992), Linda Ronstadt (in 1994)
1965 "Just Once in My Life" Goffin & King & Spector The Righteous Brothers #9
1966 "Don't Bring Me Down" Goffin & King The Animals #12 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (in 1986); not the same song as the Electric Light Orchestra hit
1966 "Goin' Back" Goffin & King Dusty Springfield - The Byrds (in 1968, #86), King (in 1980)
1967 "Pleasant Valley Sunday" Goffin & King The Monkees #3
1967 "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" Goffin & King Aretha Franklin #8 King (in 1971), Laura Nyro (in 1971), Rod Stewart (in 1974), Mary J. Blige (in 1995), Celine Dion (in 1995)
1968 "Porpoise Song" Goffin & King The Monkees #62
1968 "Wasn't Born to Follow" Goffin & King The Byrds The Lemon Pipers (in 1968), King (in 1980)
1969 "Don't Forget About Me" Goffin & King Dusty Springfield #64
1969 "I Can't Make It Alone" Goffin & King Dusty Springfield - Maria McKee (in 1993)
1970 "Hi-De-Ho (That Old Sweet Roll)" Goffin & King Blood, Sweat and Tears #14 Dusty Springfield (in 1969, unreleased until 1999), King (in 1980)
1971 "Smackwater Jack" Goffin & King Carole King
1973 "I've Got to Use My Imagination" Goffin & Goldberg Gladys Knight and The Pips #4
1975 "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" Goffin & Masser Diana Ross #1
1975 "It's Not The Spotlight" Goffin & Goldberg Rod Stewart
1980 "Someone That I Used To Love" Goffin & Masser Natalie Cole #21
1983 "Tonight I Celebrate My Love" Goffin & Masser Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson #16
1985 "Saving All My Love for You" Goffin & Masser Whitney Houston #1
1987 "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You" Goffin & Masser Glenn Medeiros #12 George Benson (in 1984)
1989 "Miss You Like Crazy" Goffin & Masser Natalie Cole #7


  • It Ain't Exactly Entertainment (1973)
  • Back Room Blood (1995)[1]


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