Gerry Goffin and Carole King

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Non-Performer

Inducted in: 1990

Inducted by: Ben E. King

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1992 (ranked #2 in the Non-Performers - Songwriters category) .

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Gerry Goffin and Carole King
Induction Year: 1990
Induction Category: Non-Performer

"Songwriting partners Gerry Goffin and Carole King composed a string of classic hits and cherished album tracks for a variety of artists during the Sixties. A brief sampling: “Up On the Roof” (the Drifters), “One Fine Day” (the Chiffons), “I’m Into Something Good” (Herman’s Hermits), “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (the Shirelles), “Take Good Care of My Baby” (Bobby Vee), “Chains” (the Cookies), “Don’t Bring Me Down” (the Animals), “Take a Giant Step” (the Monkees) and “Goin’ Back” (the Byrds). The prolific duo, who remained married for much of the Sixties, even tapped their babysitter to sing one of the songs they’d written, and the result was a Number One hit and a new dance craze: “The Loco-Motion,” by Little Eva.

Goffin and King met while attending Queens College in 1958 and spent evenings together writing songs. After their college days had ended, the newlywed couple got hired by Don Kirshner to write songs for his Brill Building song publishing firm, Aldon Music. With King composing music on piano and Goffin penning lyrics, the pair banged out hits to order from a cubicle in a work environment that has all but vanished from the music business. Their success was so substantial that Kirshner set up a new label, Dimension, as a vehicle for Goffin-King songs, and the team moved into production and arranging as well. The pair kept abreast of stylistic changes on the vibrant Sixties scene, writing with vividness and versatility for British Invasion groups and R&B artists alike. They were paid a high compliment by the Beatles, who recorded their song “Chains” (previously a hit for the Cookies) and cited Goffin-King as songwriting influences.

In 1968, Goffin and King divorced and went their own ways. Goffin continued to write for and with others, while King evolved into a masterful interpreter of her own increasingly mature songs. She became one of the most popular singer/songwriters of the Seventies with the release of Tapestry, which contained such mellow classics as “It’s Too Late” and “You’ve Got a Friend.” A tour de force of confessional songwriting and understated performances, Tapestry held down the top spot on the album charts for 15 weeks, earning King a Grammy for Album of the Year in 1971. She followed it with a dozen more high-charting albums that kept her star in the ascendant during a charmed decade whose moods she helped capture in words and music.”

February 11, 1939: Gerry Goffin was born.

February 9, 1942: Carole King was born.

1960: Aldon hires teenage newlyweds Carole King & Gerry Goffin. Pomus & Shuman’s “Save the Last Dance for Me,” recorded by the Drifters, reaches #1.

January 30, 1961: Goffin & King’s “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” recorded by the Shirelles, reaches #1 after being released on Scepter Records.

September 7, 1961: “Every Breath I Take,” by Gene Pitney, just misses the Top Forty. The song, written by Gary Goffin and Carole King, features a monumental Phil Spector production.

1963: Gerry Goffin and Carole King’s “Go Away Little Girl,” recorded by Steve Lawrence, reaches #1.

1967: Gerry Goffin & Carole King’s “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” recorded by the Monkees, reaches #3.

1990: Gerry Goffin and Carole King inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 03.18.08 @ 14:42pm


01. 2010 Jesse Stone
02. 2010 Mort Shuman
03. 2010 Otis Blackwell
04. 2010 Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
05. 2010 Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 02.8.11 @ 11:35am

Happy 69th birthday to Carole King. Also happy early 72nd birthday to Gerry Goffin. (Gerry Goffin's birthday is on Feb. 11)

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 02.9.11 @ 18:56pm

This video shows John Landau (not Ben E. King) inducting Gerry Goffin and Carole King. Did they both do it or is this a mistake from Future Rock Legends?

Posted by Roy on Friday, 03.25.11 @ 19:58pm

Whitney Houston died on Gerry Goffin's 73rd birthday. Gerry Goffin wrote the lyrics to Whitney's first Billboard #1 hit, "Saving All My Love For You." (The music was written by Michael Masser)

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 02.11.12 @ 23:54pm

I love Christmas music! I felt for a long time that we needed some NEW Christmas songs. What a great job you did with this album! I can't wait to hear rhe rest of the songs. Carole's voice nuosds great, and the songwriting is superb. With some exposure on FM radio -I predict a hit album. I'm not going to say good luck, the album speaks for itself.

Posted by Aborayan on Wednesday, 03.14.12 @ 17:59pm


01. 2010 Jesse Stone
02. 2010 Mort Shuman
03. 2010 Otis Blackwell
04. 2010 Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
05. 2010 Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry
06. 2012 Don Kirshner

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 03.21.12 @ 23:32pm

The other great songwriting tream in rock and roll, Gerry Goffin & Carole King wrote a hugh amount of classic hits and cherished album tracks for a vast array of singers during the Sixties.

Here's a small sample of their songs: "Up on the Roof" for The Drfiters, "I'm Into Something Good" for Herman's Hermit's, "Don't Bring Me Down" for The Animals, "Take a Giant Step" for The Monkees and "Goin' Back" for The Byrds. Carole and Gerry even got their babysetter to sing one of the songs the duo wrote and resulted in a Number One hit for Little Eva.

Even after the two divorced, Carole continured to make an impact on rock and roll as a solo singer.

Posted by Andrew on Tuesday, 05.21.13 @ 13:35pm

Carole King should be in the HOF as a performer too.
That recognition is long overdue. Laura Nyro in as performer and npt Carole King???? Give me a break....and I'm a Nyro fan!

Posted by Kevin Finnerty on Sunday, 09.22.13 @ 12:01pm

I agree with that, Kevin. Carole King has been long overdue for induction into the Hall.

Posted by Andrew on Sunday, 09.22.13 @ 14:55pm

Andrew and Kevin,

Of course, I would also endorse Carole King. Although my first choice would have to be Carly Simon.

Carole King's "Tapestry" is a brilliant album, but so also are Carly Simon's "Anticipation" and "No Secrets," amongst others.

I would also endorse Jim Croce for posthumous induction, or Stevie Nicks for her solo work.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 09.22.13 @ 16:11pm

RIP Gerry Goffin

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 06.19.14 @ 19:13pm

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