She Wrote ‘Oo La La Sasson’ and Other Commercials, But She’ll Be Best Remembered For Co-Writing a String of Hits of the ’60s, Including: ‘Leader of the Pack,’ ‘Da Doo Ron Ron,’ ‘Chapel of Love,’ ‘River Deep, Mountain High’; Ellie Greenwich Dead at 68

Aug 27, 2009  •  Post A Comment

Ellie Greenwich, one of the most prolific writers of hit songs in the early 1960s–who later wrote dozens of TV commercials–has died at 68 of a heart attack.

The web has many obituaries about her today. This one is excellent, from the Los Angeles Times.

It quotes Brian Wilson, the co-founder and guiding light of The Beach Boys as saying, "She was the greatest melody writer of all time," and says that Wilson has often cited Greenwich’s "Be My Baby" as his favorite record of all time.

–Chuck Ross

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