He was the former husband of singer/songwriter Carole King, and together they were one of the most successful songwriting teams of all time, penning hits including “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Take Good Care of My Baby,” “Chains,” “Keep Your Hands Off My Baby” and “The Loco-Motion.”
The couple divorced in 1968, with King going on to become a superstar singer/songwriter after releasing the 1971 album Tapestry, which has sold 25 million copies worldwide (and which features three King/Goffin compositions, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Smackwater Jack” and “[You Make Me Feel Like] A Natural Woman.”)
Goffin remained a behind-the-scenes songwriter after the divorce, co-writing hits including “Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To)” (recorded by Diana Ross), “Saving All My Love For You” (a hit duet for Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., later popularized by Whitney Houston) and “I’ve Got To Use My Imagination” (a hit for Gladys Knight and the Pips).
Earlier this year, Goffin, looking frail and using a walker, attended the Jan. 12 opening night of the Tony Award-nominated Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway; the Goffin/King relationship was a big part of the show. However, he was unable to attend the NARAS MusiCares tribute to King a few weeks later (many of their co-writes were performed at the show).