Monday, 31 August 2009

RIP Ellie Greenwich

I read that Brooklyn-born Ellie Greenwich died last week, aged 68.

You may not know her name but her songs will be familiar. She co-wrote such classics as Da Doo Ron Ron, Then he kissed me, Be my baby, Baby I love you, Leader of the pack, I can hear music and River Deep - Mountain High.

These wonderful odes to romance proclaim the power of love.

Sadly, Ellie's relationship with her writing partner and husband Jeff Barry ended and she suffered a breakdown in the mid-1960s.

Just thought her passing was worth a mention.

'Have I ever told you
How good it feels to hold you
It isn't easy to explain

And though I really keep trying
I think I may start crying
My heart can't wait another day
When you kiss me I just got to say

Baby I love you
Baby I love you
Baby I love only you

I can't live without you
I love everything about you
I can't help it if I feel this way

Though I'm so glad I found you
I want my arms around you
I love to hear you call my name
Oh tell me that you feel the same.'

(Baby I love you)

1 comment:

It's me, Lisa said...

Did you really post this at 2.50am?

I hadn't heard of Ellie Greenwich but she is just one of the very many songwriters who amaze me when you hear their credit list. I certainly knew all her hits.
I still listen to Chrissie and Debbie and Chrissie really rocked when I saw her at the State a couple of years ago.
Meanwhile I am loving 'Shampoo' by Elvis Perkins (son of Anthony).