Before marrying Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich (1940 - 2009) wrote songs with different partners, including Ben Raleigh co-writer on Barry's first hit as a composer, "Tell Laura I Love Her," in 1960) and Mark Barkan. She was also a session singer, recording so many demos that she became known as New York's Demo Queen. Her biggest hits during this period were written with Tony Powers. The Greenwich-Powers team made the charts with tunes such as "He's Got The Power" (The Exciters), "(Today I Met) The Boy I'm Gonna Marry" (Darlene Love), and "Why Do Lovers Break Each Others' Hearts?" (Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans, with Love on lead vocal). These last two were co-written and produced by Phil Spector, who had been introduced to the songs, and Greenwich, by publisher Aaron Schroeder. In October 1962, Barry and Greenwich married, and shortly afterwards decided to write songs exclusively with each other — a decision that disappointed Tony Powers as well as Barry's main writing partner, Artie Resnick. Barry was subsequently signed to Trio Music, and he and Greenwich were given their own office with their names on the door. Before the end of 1963, Barry-Greenwich had scored hits with songs such as "Be My Baby" and "Baby, I Love You" (The Ronettes), "Then He Kissed Me" and "Da Doo Ron Ron" (The Crystals), "Not Too Young To Get Married" (Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans), and "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" by Darlene Love, all co-written and produced by Phil Spector. Greenwich and Barry also recorded singles and an album under the name The Raindrops, with Greenwich providing all the female vocals through overdubbing, and Barry singing backgrounds in a bass voice. In addition to "What A Guy" (actually a demo, with Greenwich on piano and Barry on drums, sold to Jubilee Records and released as the first Raindrops single) and the U.S. Top Twenty hit "The Kind Of Boy You Can't Forget," the couple wrote and recorded "Hanky Panky," which became a hit for Tommy James & the Shondells, and, the following year, "Do Wah Diddy Diddy," taken to the #1 by Manfred Mann. Toward the end of 1963, the Raindrops recorded "That Boy John," a tuneful and catchy fusion of jazz and rhythm and blues, which reached the middle of the charts — President John F. Kennedy had just been assassinated and, according to Barry and Greenwich, radio stations were loath to play the song. Barry and Greenwich also penned songs for Connie Francis and Lesley Gore. Red Bird Records was founded in 1964 by Leiber and Stoller, who brought Barry and Greenwich as songwriters and producers. The label's first release was The Dixie Cups' "Chapel of Love" (written with Phil Spector and originally recorded by The Ronettes), which sailed up the U.S. charts to #1. Barry and Greenwich wrote and/or produced hits for Red Bird including several other releases by The Dixie Cups as well as The Ad-Libs ("He Ain't No Angel"), The Jelly Beans ("I Wanna Love Him So Bad"), and The Shangri-Las ("Leader of the Pack," co-written by George "Shadow" Morton. Morton, Barry and Greenwich penned "You Don't Know," which Greenwich recorded on Red Bird under her own name in 1965, at the same time Barry recorded and released another Barry–Greenwich tune, "Our Love Can Still Be Saved". However, the couple's marriage could not be saved; before the end of the year, Barry and Greenwich divorced. The couple continued to work together for much of 1966, partly due to Greenwich's discovery of a talented singer-songwriter named Neil Diamond. Barry, Greenwich and Diamond joined to form Tallyrand Music to publish Diamond's songs. Diamond was subsequently signed to Bert Berns's label, Bang Records, and had hits such as "Cherry Cherry" and "Kentucky Woman," all produced by Barry and Greenwich who also sang backgrounds on many tracks. In addition, Barry and Greenwich teamed with Phil Spector one last time to pen "I Can Hear Music", recorded by The Ronettes and by The Beach Boys, and "River Deep, Mountain High", which Spector produced for Ike and Tina Turner. A few years later, in 1971, The Supremes and The Four Tops had a hit with their revival of "River Deep".
01 The Shangri-Las - Give Us Your Blessings 02 Darlene Love - Not Too Young To Get Married 03 The Chiffons - I Have A Boyfriend 04 The Dixie Cups - Gee The Moon Is Shining Bright 05 The Shirelles - Look What You've Done To My Heart 06 Ike & Tina Turner - I'll Never Need More Than This 07 Lesley Gore - Look Of Love 08 B-Girls - Heartbreaker 09 Tommy James & The Shondells - Hanky Panky 10 The Butterflys - Gee Baby Gee 11 Sam Hawkins - Hold On Baby 12 The Crystals - All Grown Up 13 Hardy Boys - Love And Let Love 14 Martha & The Vandellas - Wait Till My Bobby Gets Home 15 Jay & The Americans - This Is It 16 Sonny & Cher - Why Don't They Let Us Fall In Love 17 The Raindrops - Not Too Young To Get Married 18 The Ronettes - Be My Baby 19 The Shangri-Las - The Last Train From Kansas City 20 Bobby Vee - One Boy Too Late 21 The Ikettes - Da Doo Ron Ron 22 The Jelly Beans - Baby Be Mine 23 The Whatnauts - Please Make The Love Go Away 24 Reparata & The Delrons - I Have A Boyfriend 25 The Butterflys - Good Night Baby 26 The Dixie Cups - Little Bell 27 The Exciters - All Grown Up 28 Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans - Not Too Young to Get Married 29 The Raindrops - What A Guy 30 The Ronettes - I Can Hear Music
bonus Ellie Greenwich - I Don't Want To Be Left Outside bonus Ellie Greenwich - River Deep, Mountain High bonus Ellie Greenwich - Years From Now
01 The Ronettes - I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine 02 The Dixie Cups - People Say 03 Lesley Gore - Maybe I Know 04 Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans - Why Do Lovers Break Each Other's Hearts 05 The Jelly Beans - I Wanna Love Him So Bad 06 Reparata & The Delrons - Why Do Lovers Break Each Other's Hearts 07 Ricky Nelson - One Boy Too Late 08 The Butterflys - I Wonder 09 The Elgins - Look What You've Done To My Heart 10 Darlene Love - A Fine, Fine Boy 11 Ike & Tina Turner - River Deep, Mountain High 12 The Exciters - He's Got The Powe 13 The Melodians - I'll Take You Where The Music's Playing 14 The Shangri-Las - Leader Of The Pack 15 Dusty Springfield - What Good Is I Love You 16 The Butterflys - The Swim 17 Connie Francis - Don't Ever Leave Me 18 The Ad-Libs - He Ain't No Angel 19 The Dixie Cups - You Should Have Seen The Way He Looked At Me 20 The Raindrops - The Kind Of Boy You Can't Forget 21 Darlene Love - Wait 'Til My Bobby Gets Home 22 The Chiffons - When The Boy's Happy (The Girl's Happy Too) 23 The Crystals - Da Doo Ron Ron 24 The Shangri-Las - Out In The Streets 25 Ray Peterson - Give Us Your Blessing 26 The Beachboys - I Can Hear Music 28 The Ronettes - Baby I Love You 29 Manfred Mann - Do Wah Diddy Diddy 30 Ike & Tina Turner - Hold On Baby
bonus Ellie Greenwich - Ain't That Peculiar bonus Ellie Greenwich - Baby bonus Ellie Greenwich - You Don't Know