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RIP: Ellie Greenwich


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Given the passing of such headline-making names of American royalty—Ted Kennedy, Dominick Dunne—yesterday, the death of a 1960s female songwriter might not generate the same amount of press. But

, who died from a heart attack Aug. 26 at the age of 68, was one of the most gifted and successful songwriters during a decade overstuffed with Ebola-contagious catchy pop. Together with her songwriting partner/husband Jeff Barry, the Brooklyn-born Greenwich cranked out pop gem after pop gem: "Be My Baby," "Leader of the Pack," "And Then He Kissed Me," "Chapel of Love," "Christmas Baby (Please Come Home)," "Da Doo Ron Ron," "Do Wah Diddy Diddy," "Don't Ever Leave Me," "Girls Can Tell," "Hold on Baby," "Jump Start My Heart," "Out in the Streets." And in 1966, she, Barry, and Phil Spector wrote one of the most bulletproof songs of

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era, "River Deep - Mountain High."

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