Gifted Songwriter, Ellie Greenwich, Dies At 68

August 31, 2009 by  
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Ellie GreenwichEllie Greenwich, an important songwriter from the Brill Building school, died last Wednesday in Manhattan of pneumonia, at the age of 68. She was a co-writer of such hits as Be My Baby, River Deep-Mountain High, and the Shangri-Las` Leader of the Pack.

Ellie Greenwich got her start in 1962 with Trio Music, a company started by the brilliant songwriting partners, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Ellie also collaborated much with Phil Spector, who recorded and produced many of her songs for his slew of artists, such as The Ronettes, Darlene Love, and even Ike and Tina Turner. She is also credited with discovering Neil Diamond, who was just a down-on-his-luck songwriter in those days.

Ellie Greenwich has made significant contributions to American pop music. My favorite is Hanky Panky by Tommy James & The Shondells. What is your favorite? *(thanks to Wiki and The New York Times Obituary, 8/28/2009).