Ask anybody to name a great songwriter from the 60s, and they will namecheck the lyrics of Lennon, the melodies of McCartney, or the studio mastery of Spector.
Few will plump for Ellie Greenwich, the blonde-haired, bright-eyed New Yorker who co-wrote some of the decade's most extraordinary songs – Be My Baby and Da Doo Ron Ron for the Ronettes, Leader of the Pack for the Shangri-Las, I Can Hear Music for the Beach Boys, and River Deep, Mountain High for Ike and Tina Turner.
Having passed away yesterday, at the age of 68, Greenwich's legacy is a catalogue of classic songs – and a contribution to pop that we should commemorate.
Jude Rogers, Thursday 27 August 2009
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