Gerry Goffin | Songwriter, 75
Mr. Goffin, who married King in 1959 while they were in their teens, 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. The couple divorced in 1968, but Mr. Goffin kept writing hits, including "Savin' All My Love for You" for Whitney Houston.
King said in a statement that Mr. 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," she said.
Mr. Goffin and King were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three years later. - AP