'60s Hit Songwriter Ellie Greenwich Dies
August 26, 2009 at 4:06 PM (PT)
BRILL BUILDING '60s classic hit songwriter ELLIE GREENWICH died WEDNESDAY (8/26) of a heart attack at ST. LUKE'S ROOSEVELT HOSPITAL in NEW YORK CITY, where she had been admitted a few days earlier for treatment of pneumonia. USA TODAY reports that she was 68.
GREENWICH collaborated on some of the greatest pop hits in PHIL SPECTOR's "Wall Of Sound" era, including "Chapel of Love," "Be My Baby," "Leader of the Pack," "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "River Deep, Mountain High." Some of those songs she wrote with ex-husband JEFF BARRY. GREENWICH is also credited for helping to launch Neil Diamond's career as the producer of "Cherry, Cherry" and "Kentucky Woman."
"ELLIE GREENWICH was one of the most important people in my career,' DIAMOND said in a statement. "She discovered me as a down-and-out songwriter and with her then-husband JEFF BARRY co-produced all my early hits on BANG RECORDS. She has remained a great friend and mentor over the years and will be missed greatly."