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Songwriter of some of the biggest hits of the 1960s Lyricist Gerry Goffin dies aged 75

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Lyricist Gerry Goffin who was co-writer of some of the biggest hit songs of the 1960s with his former wife and longtime collaborator Carole King, died on Thursday at age 75.

Ms King posted "Gerry Goffin 1939-2014 There are no words" on Facebook.

Goffin, who died of natural causes at his Beverly Hills home, co-wrote numerous top-40 singles with King, including "The Loco-Motion," "Chains," "One Fine Day," "I'm Into Something Good" and "Up on the Roof," most of which were hits for other performers.

Their ballad "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," first was a hit for Aretha Franklin and was later recorded by King on her breakthrough 1971 solo album "Tapestry." Goffin and King met in 1958 in New York. They divorced in 1968.

Their relationship and collaboration as a song-writing team is chronicled in the current Broadway hit show "Beautiful - The Carole King Musical," which was produced by Sherry Goffin Kondor, who is their daughter and King's manager.

His wife Michelle said he died at his home in Los Angeles.

Goffin, who married King in 1959 while they were in their teens, penned more than 50 top 40 hits, including Pleasant Valley Sunday for the Monkees, Some Kind Of Wonderful for The Drifters and Take Good Care Of My Baby by Bobby Vee.

He was able to pen jokey lyrics or achingly sad ones and also did it for solo artists and multiple voices.

Louise Goffin, one of his daughters, said her father "wore his heart on his sleeve and I am deeply blessed to have had a father who could so easily make the world laugh and cry with just a spiral notebook and a pen".

Gerry was a good man with a dynamic force, whose words and creative influence will resonate for generations to come.His words expressed what so many people were feeling but didn't know how to say."

– Carole King

The couple divorced in 1968, but Goffin kept writing hits, including Savin' All My Love for You for Whitney Houston. 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 Goffin was her "first love" and had a "profound impact" on her life.

The Goffin-King love affair is the subject of the Tony Award-nominated musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway. King, while backing the project, and with one of their daughters acting as a producer, had avoided seeing it for months because it dredged up sad memories. She finally sat through it in April.