Brooklyn-born Gerry Goffin fashioned so many kinds of lyrics, the newest one so deeply different from the last, you could be forgiven for thinking the man had Multiple Personality Disorder. He could portray the top of a tenement building as the perfect place to stare at the stars, in the Drifter's romantic hit, "Up On The Roof" or conjure up the comic commands of a kickass dance number, Little Eva's immortal "The Locomotion." And when snarky hippie sentiments about the suburbs were all the rage, Gerry responded with the fantastically-nasty Monkee's smash, "Pleasant Valley Sunday." Goffin, who died yesterday at the age of 75, could also break your heart with the longing-for-childhood paean, "Goin' Back," have you pulling for the poor boy in The Righteous Brothers', "Just Once In My Life" and feel Gladys Knight's desperate determination in "Imagination". The former-husband and songwriting partner of the equally-gifted Carole King, will be remembered for all sorts of songs.
Wiki Commons Gerry Goffin and Carole King with family