Leader Of The Pack

They came in threes quickly Wednesday.

Ted Kennedy, Dominick Dunne, and Ellie Greenwich.

I made sure Ellie got her due on our 11 p.m. news, because even if you didn’t know her name, you knew her work.

Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry

Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry

With her ex-husband Jeff Barry, she co-wrote much of the soundtrack of the ’60s, from “Leader of the Pack” to “River Deep, Mountain High” to “Be My Baby.”  She’s also credited with discovering Neil Diamond, producing all of his early hits, and singing backup on them.

So in honor of Ellie Greenwich, here’s another of her hits, “Doo Wah Diddy Diddy” by Manfred Mann.  (I never knew which one was Manfred until now.  He’s the keyboard player.)

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About Gerry

I've been covering Connecticut news and sports since 1974. I know, I don't look that old.
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5 Responses to Leader Of The Pack

  1. Linda says:

    Thanks, Gerry, for this piece of music history. Didn’t know who Ellie Greenwich was, but sure knew her music. Sang a lot of her songs in front of a mirror with my hairbrush!

  2. Li'l Em-Kel says:

    For a great book on the Brill Building era and the writing teams who more or less created Rock ‘n Roll, try Ken Emerson’s “Always Magic in the Air.”

  3. Li'l Em-Kel says:

    Leader of the Pack?

    Try this on for size.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohFJIerqZso

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