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RIP ellie greenwich
August 27, 2009, 11:08 am
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Heart attack claims life of 1960s songwriting icon

Much loved and immensely talented music legend Ellie Greenwich has passed away at the age of 68 after suffering a heart attack at a New York hospital where she had been admitted a few days previously for pneumonia.

Born in 1940, the Brooklyn, New York native wrote and recorded her first single ‘Silly Isn’t It’ b/w ‘Cha-Cha Charming’ aged 17 for RCA Records, under the name of Ellie Gaye. Marriage to her main songwriting partner Jeff Barry and a blazing career followed, giving fellow Brill Building partners Carole King and Gerry Goffin a run for their money. Greenwich provided background vocals for artists such as Dusty Springfield, Bobby Darin, Lou Christie and Frank Sinatra, and later went on to pen songs for the Tony-nominated, partly autobiographical musical ‘Leader Of The Pack’. She can also claim the honours for unforgettable classics such as ‘Be My Baby’, ‘Then He Kissed Me’, ‘Da Doo Ron Ron’ and ‘River Deep, Mountain High’.

Working with stars and legends alike, Greenwich has left a body of work that earned her massive respect amongst peers, most of whom would trade a kidney to own such successes. With the current revival of ’60s girl-group music still going strong, Ellie Greenwich’s music will no doubt continue to inspire this and future generations.

Charlotte Richardson Andrews

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