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GERRY GOFFIN, CAROLE KING’S EX-HUSBAND, DIES AT 75
By Mark Kennedy | Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Gerry Goffin, a prolific and multi-dimensional lyricist who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits as “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” ”(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” ”Up on the Roof” and “The Loco-Motion,” died early Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75.

His wife, Michelle Goffin, confirmed his death.

Goffin, who married King in 1959, penned more than 50 top 40 hits, including “Pleasant Valley Sunday” for the Monkees, “Crying in the Rain” by the Everly Brothers, “Some Kind of Wonderful” for the Drifters and “Take Good Care of My Baby” by Bobby Vee. Goffin was able to pen jokey lyrics or achingly sad ones, and he did it for solo artists and multiple voices.

Louise Goffin, one of his daughters, said her dad “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.”

King and Goffin 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 in a statement that Goffin was her “first love” and had a “profound impact” on her life.

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

Goffin’s lyrics could veer from romantic to defiant to silly. In “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” he touchingly wrote, “Tonight with words unspoken/You say that I’m the only one/But will my heart be broken?/When the night meets the morning sun?”

But there was an undercurrent of sadness in his song “Up on the Roof,” where the lyrics go: “When this old world starts getting me down/and people are just too much for me to face/I climb way up to the top of the stairs/and all my cares just drift right into space.”

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.

The musical shows the two composing their songs at Aldon Music, the Brill Building publishing company in Manhattan that also employed Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield and Carole Bayer Sager. The show ends just as King is enjoying fame for her groundbreaking solo album “Tapestry.” Though it also alleges Goffin’s womanizing and mental instability were causes of the breakup, he happily attended the opening of the musical. A spokeswoman for the show said the cast would dedicate Thursday night’s performance to Goffin.
After his divorce from King, Goffin garnered an Academy Award nomination with Michael Masser for the theme to the 1975 film “Mahogany” for Diana Ross. He also earned a Golden Globe nomination for “So Sad the Song” in 1977 from the film “Pipe Dreams.”

Goffin was born in Brooklyn in 1939 and was working as an assistant chemist when he met King at Queens College.

“She was interested in writing rock ‘n’ roll, and I was interested in writing this Broadway play,” Goffin told Vanity Fair in 2001. “So we had an agreement where she would write (music) to the play if I would write (lyrics) to some of her rock ‘n’ roll melodies. And eventually it came to be a boy-and-girl relationship. Eventually I began to lose heart in my play, and we stuck to writing rock ‘n’ roll.”

A whirlwind romance led to a marriage and their first hit, when she was only 17 and he was 20, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” for the Shirelles, which a pregnant King helped write while suffering morning sickness.

Both quit their day jobs to focus on music, and other songs followed, including “Up on the Roof” for the Drifters, “One Fine Day” for the Chiffons and “Chains,” which was later covered by the Beatles. Goffin also collaborated with another Aldon composer, Barry Mann, on the hit “Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp Bomp Bomp Bomp).” King and Goffin wrote “The Loco-Motion,” which eventually was sung by their one-time baby sitter Little Eva.

Goffin continued co-writing songs, including “I’ve Got to Use My Imagination” recorded by Gladys Knight and the Pips, and “It’s Not the Spotlight,” recorded by Rod Stewart. In the 1980s and ’90s, he co-wrote “Tonight I Celebrate My Love,” a duet recorded by Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack, “Miss You Like Crazy” sung by Natalie Cole” and the Whitney Houston mega-hit “Savin’ All My Love for You.”

“Gerry was one of the greatest lyricists of all time and my true soul brother. I was privileged to have had him in my personal and professional life,” said pianist and composer Barry Goldberg, who wrote many later songs with Goffin.

Goffin is survived by his five children and his wife.

https://music.yahoo.com/news/gerry-goffin-carole-kings-ex-husband-dies-75-204325777.html

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JOHNNY MANN DIES AT AGE 86

Johnny Mann (August 30, 1928 – June 18, 2014) was an American arranger, composer, conductor, entertainer, and recording artist.

Johnny Mann and his vocal group The Johnny Mann Singers were involved in several classic rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly recording sessions for Johnny Burnette (including “God, Country and My Baby”), The Crickets and several 1957-1958 sessions with Eddie Cochran, who was also signed to Liberty Records in Hollywood. As bandleader with the Johnny Mann Singers, the group recorded approximately three dozen albums, hosted the TV series entitled Stand Up and Cheer (1971–1974), and was the musical director for The Joey Bishop Show. He was also musical director of The Alvin Show, and was the voice of Theodore. Mann was also choral director for the NBC Comedy Hour.

The Johnny Mann Singers’ cover version of “Up, Up and Away”, rather than the original by The 5th Dimension, became the hit version of the song in the UK Singles Chart. The version also won a Grammy Award in 1968 in the Best Performance by a Choir of Seven or More Persons category. In total, Mann has been nominated for five Grammys, two of which he won.

Mann wrote a number of radio jingles, the most famous being Los Angeles station 93 KHJ as well as the “Sound of the City” jingle for KSFO in San Francisco, California. This jingle became as requested as many of the songs played by KSFO in the era of Don Sherwood, and it was adapted by Mann for other radio stations around the country which included KFRC (AM) in San Francisco and CKLW in Windsor, Ontario.

The Johnny Mann Singers still record jingles for radio stations today, done in the Bill Drake style of the 1960s and 1970s Top 40 era. Mann is credited as “Johnnie Mann” in some of his earlier works. The group’s most notable alumna is Vicki Lawrence.

In 1998, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him.

On June 18, 2014, Johnny Mann died at his home in Anderson, South Carolina.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Mann

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Other Notable Musicians’ Deaths…

June 2014

19: Gerry Goffin, 75, American Hall of Fame lyricist (“Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, “The Loco-Motion”, “Go Away Little Girl”, “Take Good Care of My Baby”).

18: Don Light, 77, American Hall of Fame Gospel musician, record executive (Jimmy Buffett) and race car driver; Johnny Mann, 85, American composer, Grammy Award-winning arranger (“Up, Up and Away”) and singer (Alvin and the Chipmunks); Muskan, 38, Pakistani singer, shot; Horace Silver, 85, American jazz pianist (Song for My Father, Blowin’ the Blues Away), natural causes.

16: Pierre D’Archambeau, 87, Belgian-born American violinist.

From http://www.wikipedia.com

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