We'll Miss You, Ellie Greenwich

I can't add much to Annalee's farewell to Brill Building great Ellie Greenwich, who died this week at age 68. (Ann Powers of the L.A. Times also has an excellent appreciation of Greenwich's life and legacy here.) But as a devotee of the girl-group sound and the history of the songwriting women behind it (seriously, rent Allison Anders's film Grace of My Heart, whose fictional central songwriter, Denise Waverly—neé Edna Buxton—was based on Brill Building women like Greenwich, Carole King, and Cynthia Weill), I've spent the past few days revisiting her classics. Here are a handful.


by Andi Zeisler
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Andi Zeisler is the cofounder of Bitch Media and the author of We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl®, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement. You can find her on Twitter.

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Me too

Thanks for this tribute, Andi, plus the reminder of the excellent <i>Grace of My Heart</i>. I can't think of Ellie Greenwich and the girl group sound without also thinking of Laurie Colwin's <i>Goodbye Without Leaving,</i> another great tribute to the era.

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Oh, Ellie!

I was sad to hear about Ms. Greenwich. I have been a fan of her songs for as long as I can remember, and of her specifically since I saw the musical based on her life (Leader of the Pack) as a kid. The show was nothing to write home about -- she writes songs, gets married, gets divorced -- but the frequent breaks for performances of her works were grand!
You did a great job on this mix; it's right up there with Ladies Talking About Sex!

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