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Lyricist Gerry Goffin dead at 75: Listen to 9 of his hit songs

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Gerry Goffin in 2012.

Gerry Goffin was a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame songwriter and along with his first wife, Carole King, penned some of the most recognizable songs in pop music history. He died Thursday at the age of 75.

Goffin wrote more than 50 top 40 hits. Let's drop the needle on a slice of that soundtrack, performed by a range of musical talent that includes Aretha Franklin, The Monkees, Donny Osmond and many more.

"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," Aretha Franklin, 1967

"Will You Love Me Tomorrow," The Shirelles, 1961

"Take Good Care of My Baby," Bobby Vee, 1961

"The Loco-Motion," Little Eva, 1962

"One Fine Day," The Chiffons, 1963

"Pleasant Valley Sunday," The Monkees, 1967

"Up on the Roof," The Drifters, 1963

"Go Away Little Girl," Donny Osmond, 1971

"You've Got a Friend," James Taylor and Carole King, 1971

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