Sad news: Ellie Greenwich has passed. If you don’t know who she is, it’s because the evil/brilliant Phil Spector has managed to overshadow many members of his herd of amazing musicians and songwriters, but Ellie Greenwich was one of the co-writers of what may be the most perfect pop song of all time, and the focus of today’s Genius Ten. As usual, leave yours in comments.
This song gave birth to a number of great bands. The Ramones owe their careers to it, and the Jesus and Mary Chain owe their entire sound to the drum beat of this song. The owner of that marvelous hair (sorry, but I will always love the beehive and eyeliner aesthetic of early 60s hipsters) is the mother of this. She also co-wrote “River Deep, Mountain High”, “Da Doo Ron Run”, and “Leader of the Pack”. And she’s passed, so let’s take a moment. And hope the Genius function turns up songs that owe a lot to Ellie Greenwich/Jeff Barry’s songwriting. And guess what! It does.
Original song: “Be My Baby” by the Ronettes
1) “This Charming Man”—The Smiths
2) “Another Girl, Another Planet”—The Only Ones
3) “Make It Easy On Yourself”—Walker, Scott & the Walker Brothers
4) “Shakin’ All Over”—Johnny Kidd & the Pirates (okay, this song predates the Ronettes)
5) “Meet Me On The Corner”—Lindisfarne
6) “Never Forget You”—The Noisettes
7) “Animal Nitrate”—Suede
8) “Kinky Afro”—The Happy Mondays
9) “Since Yesterday”—Strawberry Switchblade
10) “Peaches”—The Stranglers
Videos below the fold.
Apologies for no cat pictures. They always do entertaining things and then stop when I whip out the camera.