Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ellie Greenwich, songwriter RIP

Ellie Greenwich, who along with her ex-husband Jeff Barry, wrote many classic Phil Spector "girl group hits" died today of a heart attack at the age of 68. They were the classic Brill Building songwriting duo, much like Carole King and Gerry Goffin.

They co-wrote "Leader of the Pack," "Be My Baby," "Da Doo Ron Ron," and "Chapel of Love," all of them iconic songs of the era.

Here is Ike and Tina Turner performing one of Greenwich's most famous compositions, "River Deep, Mountain High" in 1971.

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