Lyricist Gerry Goffin was born in Brooklyn, New York on
February 11, 1939. Following graduation from Brooklyn
Technical High School, Goffin enlisted in the Marine Corps
Reserve, which later led to his admission to the Annapolis
Naval Academy. After his first year in Annapolis, Goffin
resigned and enrolled in Queens College with a chemistry
At Queens, he met Carole King, a fellow student and
education major. A lifetime musical collaboration began
almost immediately. Goffin had been writing lyrics since
the age of eight but had never been able to find a
collaborator with whom he could feel comfortable. As he
and King began writing, the combination seemed to work
right away and music became their full time careers.
Goffin and King married in 1959 and took daytime jobs, he
as an assistant chemist and she as a secretary, to support
their music endeavors. At night and on weekends, they
pursued their songwriting career, and were signed to Don
Kirschner and Al Nevins’ Aldon Music in 1960. Their first
big break came that same year with a recording by The
Shirrelles of their song, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?".
During the next eight years, the team of Goffin and King
enjoyed more than 50 top 40 hits, among them "Take Good
Care of My Baby," recorded by Bobby Vee; "Go Away Little
Girl," recorded by Steve Lawrence; “Up on the Roof,"
recorded by The Drifters; and a plethora of others
including "Locomotion," "Halfway to Paradise," "Hey Girl,"
"Natural Woman," "Just Once in My Life," and "Don't Say
Nothin' Bad About My Baby.” Goffin also collaborated with
another Aldon Music composer, Barry Mann, on the top
ten hit "Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp Bomp Bomp
Although their marriage ended in divorce in 1968, the
couple continued to work together, writing "Hi-De-Ho" for
Blood, Sweat and Tears, and "Smackwater Jack," which
appeared on King’s multi-platinum album Tapestry.
During the 1970s, Goffin collaborated with other
songwriters such as Russ Titelman, Barry Goldberg ("I've
Got to Use My Imagination,” recorded by Gladys Knight
and the Pips, and "It's Not the Spotlight,” recorded by Rod
Stewart) and Michael Masser. Masser and Goffin earned
an Oscar nomination for “Theme of Mahogany” and a
Golden Globe nomination for “So Sad the Song”.
Goffin continued producing hit songs in the 1980’s and 90’
s with "Tonight I Celebrate My Love," "Time, Don't Run Out
on Me," "A Long and Lasting Love," and "Savin' All My
Love for You," the latter the song that virtually assured
musical stardom for Whitney Houston. And in 1996, Goffin
released his second album Back Room Blood.
Goffin continues to be a creative force in songwriting and
presently lives in Los Angeles with his wife Michele.