For every kiss you give me/ I’ll give you three


Ellie Greenwich
Ellie Greenwich

Ellie Greenwich passed away this week at the age of 68. Greenwich was an American pop songwriter and record producer, best known for her songs co-written with ex-husband, Jeff Barry. Greenwich worked with Phil Spector, the Ronettes, The Crystals, Connie Francis, Leslie Gore, The Beach Boys, The Shangri-Las, Ike and Tina Turner, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Neil Diamond, Cyndi Lauper, and many more. She earned 25 gold and platinum records. Below is a clip from my favorite. My heart is still overwhelmed every time I hear the part in “Be My Baby” when it draws close to the song’s conclusion, and suddenly it all drops to a beat for a moment… and then continues on to its bittersweet end.

You know I will adore you/ Till eternity

The Ronettes performance on the Big T.N.T. Show, 1966

Related Link: NPR stories on Greenwich