Songwriter Gerry Goffin, who wrote hit songs with his then-wife Carole King, has died at the age of 75 in Los Angeles.
He wrote dozens of hits over two decades, including The Loco-Motion, Will You Love Me Tomorrow and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.
He was inducted, along with King, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
In a statement, King said Goffin was her “first love” and had a “profound impact” on her life.
“His words expressed what so many people were feeling but didn’t know how to say.”
Born in the New York city borough of Brooklyn in 1939, Goffin married King when he was 20 and she was 17. They had their first hit, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, sung by the Shirelles, shortly afterwards.
After their divorce in 1968, Goffin continued writing songs, including a hit for Whitney Houston, Saving All My Love for You, in 1985.