He put the Bomp (In the Bomp Bomp Bomp) and found solace in the urban frenzy “Up On The Roof”: Gerry Goffin, who wrote the lyrics for some of the biggest pop music hits of the 1960s with his first wife, composer (and later singer-songrwriter) Carole King, died this morning of natural causes at his home in L.A., according to his wife, Michele Goffin. He was 75.
Goffin and King, who married in 1959 when he was 20 and she was 17, had their first major hit with “Will You Love Me Tomorrow.” Their other hits included “The Loco-Motion”, “Take Good Care Of My Baby” and “Pleasant Valley Sunday”, a hit for the TV-birthed group The Monkees. Goffin co-wrote “Who Put The Bomp” with his friendly rival, Barry Mann.
Goffin is a major character in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, whose star, Jessie Mueller, just won the Tony Award for best actress in a musical. King at first avoided seeing the show, which depicts their courtship, marriage and breakup, but has come to embrace it.