Are you familiar with the song River Deep, Mountain High? Perhaps you know the Beach Boys and their song And Then I Kissed Her or The Ronettes version of Be My Baby from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. Or it could be the classic girl group song Leader Of The Pack, again The Ronettes. If you have a best of the 50s or 60s compilation CD, chances are you know Ellie Greenwich.
An American pop composer and producer, Greenwich was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 1991 with her one time husband and music collaborator Jeff Barry. Greenwich discovered Neil Diamond and published much of his early music and in 2004, Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest rock songs included six Greenwich-Barry compositions. Last year I saw a stage production of the story of her life. Sadly, she died on August 26 at the age of 69.