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'Natural Woman' Lyricist Gerry Goffin Dies at 75

Lyricist Gerry Goffin, who with his first wife and then songwriting partner Carole King wrote such 1960s hits as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and "Natural Woman," has died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75.

Goffin's wife of 19 years, Michelle Goffin, told the Associated Press that he died Wednesday of natural causes.

Goffin penned more than 50 "Top 40" hits, including "Pleasant Valley Sunday" for the Monkees, "Crying in the Rain" by the Everly Brothers, "Take Good Care of My Baby" by Bobby Vee and "You've Got a Friend" by James Taylor.

He had seven number one hits on the Billboard charts.

Goffin married King in 1959; the duo also co-wrote "Halfway to Paradise" and "The Loco-Motion." Their love affair is the subject of the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical." They divorced in 1968.

"Gerry Goffin was my first love," King posed on Facebook. "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 words expressed what so many people were feeling but didn't know how to say."