This undated image released by The O and M Company shows lyricist Gerry Goffin with his wife Michelle at the opening night of "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical," in New York. (AP Photo/The O and M Company, Bruce Glikas)
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Gerry Goffin, a prolific and multi-dimensional lyricist who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "Up on the Roof" and "The Loco-Motion," died early Thursday at his home in Los Angeles.Goffin was able to pen jokey lyrics or achingly sad ones, and he did it for solo artists and multiple voices.Goffin and King were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three years later.King said in a statement that Goffin was her "first love" and had a "profound impact" on her life.A spokeswoman for the show said the cast would dedicate Thursday night's performance to Goffin.After his divorce from King, Goffin garnered an Academy Award nomination with Michael Masser for the theme to the 1975 film "Mahogany" for Diana Ross. Goffin was born in Brooklyn in 1939 and was working as an assistant chemist when he met King at Queens College.King and Goffin wrote "The Loco-Motion," which eventually was sung by their one-time baby sitter Little Eva.
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