Thursday, August 27, 2009

Ellie Greenwich/Johnny Carter RIP

Ellie Greenwich, one of the greatest of 60s songwriters, has died aged 68. With husband Jeff Barry she wrote many of the genuine pop classics of the era, including Da Doo Ron Ron, Be My Baby, Leader of the Pack, River Deep - Mountain High, Then He Kissed Me, Baby I Love You, Doo Wah Diddy Diddy, Chapel of Love - the list just goes on and on. Ellie was one of the many great songwriters based in the Brill Building in New York, but also found success as a member of the Raindrops and as a solo singer, with records such as I Don't Wanna be Left Outside and Maybe I Know. Here is Ellie's obituary in The Times ttp://
Also no longer with us is Johnny Carter, one of the founding members of the Flamingos, who joined the Dells in 1960 and whose smooth tenor voice can be heard on great tracks such as Stay In My Corner and Oh What a Night. He died aged 75.


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