Is she really going out with him?
Well, there she is. Let’s ask her.
Betty, is that Jimmy’s ring you’re wearing?
Gee, it must be great riding with him
Is he picking you up after school today?
By the way, where’d you meet him?
I met him at the candy store
He turned around and smiled at me
You get the picture? (yes, we see)
That’s when I fell for (the leader of the pack)”–Barry, Greenwich & Morton
Ellie Greenwich, originally a Brooklyn gal, was born today in 1940 (died just a few short years ago in 2009). Ms Greenwich by herself and also along with her then husband, Jeff Barry and with other writers, wrote some of the best pop songs in history. This songwriting team was part of the Brill Building young songwriters (Carole King and Gerry Goffin were there, too) consortium…working in the Brill Building not only gave you an inspiring work environment to create, songwriters could also get copies made, arrangements done, demos created…it served all purposes. Ellie Greenwich died way too young. Her family had a sculptor erect a statue that is on the campus of Hofstra University where Ms Greenwich graduated from in 1962.
“Her ability to use her personal experiences to forge a direct connection to the teenage mind was the secret that enabled the Greenwich-and-Barry partnership to create hits by the week during the early 1960s, many of them in collaboration with Phil Spector. Few imagined that Da Doo Ron Ron, Then He Kissed Me, Be My Baby, Baby I Love You, Chapel of Love, Leader of the Pack, Do Wah Diddy Diddy, I Can Hear Music, Hanky Panky or Maybe I Know would outlast their allotted time in the pop charts, but so accurately did Greenwich capture the nuances of a teenager’s narrow but intense emotional life – optimism and anxiety, shyness and bravado – that, four decades later, the songs show no sign of fading into history.”–Richard Williams, The Guardian, 8-27-09 Obituary
The songs written or co-written and/or produced by Ellie Greenwich are timeless and always evoke a smile, a sing-a-long, memories and good feelings.