One half of a Beautiful team is no more.
Gerry Goffin, who cowrote some of the 1960s' most memorable hits with then-wifeCarole King, died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles, according to the New York Times. He was 75.
"Gerry Goffin was my first love," King, whose professional and romantic relationship with the famed lyricist is the subject of the Tony-winning Broadway musical Beautiful, said in a statement posted on her Facebook page.
"He had a profound impact on my life and the rest of the world. Gerry was a good man and a dynamic force, whose words and creative influence will resonate for generations to come. His legacy to me is our two daughters, four grandchildren, and our songs that have touched millions and millions of people, as well as a lifelong friendship. He will be missed by his wonderful wife Michele, his devoted manager, Christine Russell, his five children, and six grandchildren."
A full life, indeed, and an even more jam-packed musical résumé.
Goffin's work with King included songs such as "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" that ended up on King's classic albumTapestry and covered by the likes of Aretha Franklin and The Shirelles, respectively.
Their partnership also produced, among others, "Up On the Roof," "The Loco-Motion," "One Fine Day" and "I'm Into Something Good."
King and Goffin were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a team in 1990.