Ellie Greenwich

August 31st, 2009 · No Comments · By

I’ve just realized that Nailgun has thus far completely failed to pay tribute to Ellie Greenwich, who died last Wednesday. Much to my embarassment, I’d never heard of her, but in all the resulting obituaries I’ve come to realize that she wrote a huge number of totally incredible pop songs. Most obviously, she was a co-writer what I consider pretty much the greatest single song of all time:

But she also wrote or co-wrote a dozen other fantastic girl-group tunes, including “Leader of the Pack,” “Baby I Love You,” “Chapel of Love,” “Remember (Walkin’ in the Sand),” “Then He Kissed Me,” and “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).” {She also discovered Neil Diamond, but we won’t hold that against her.}

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