August 28, 2009

RIP, Ellie Greenwich

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One of the greatest pop songwriters is gone. Along with partner Jeff Barry, Greenwich was responsible for such classics as "Be My Baby," "Da Doo Ron," "Leader of the Pack," "Chapel of Love," and "River Deep, Mountain High."

Here are two of my favorites of hers that explore the agony and ecstasy of romance. Lesley Gore chronicles the downside:

and the upside, featuring lead vocal of the immortal Darlene Love: