"Goin' To The Chapel"; Ellie Greenwich, Its Songwriter, Dead at 68

Love with all your Heart
Image by WTL photos via Flickr

It’s a song almost anyone can croon by heart, but its female composer, Ellie Greenwich, “was widely heard and little known” writes Jim Dwyer in The New York Times. Like other prolific women writers of some of the best-loved 1960s pop songs, like Carole King and Cynthia Weill, she learned her craft at the legendary Brill Building, a 1619 Broadway near 50th Street, still standing.

Her other songs include “Be My Baby”, “Da Doo Ron Ron”, “Leader of the Pack” (with its corny, fun motorcycle revving in the background) and “River Deep, Mountain High.”

A terrific introduction to these women and their lives, domestic and professional, is “Girls Like Us”, Sheila Weller’s recent triple biography of Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon.

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