Be My Baby, Then He Kissed Me, I Can Hear Music, Da Doo Ron Ron, Baby, I Love You, Leader of the Pack, River Deep, Mountain High - Ellie Greenwich, co-writer of all those landmark no. 1 songs, surely knew how to craft irresistible pop tunes, mostly together with her husband John Barry, and producer legend Phil Spector. Apart from defining a girl pop era of her own - maybe there even would have been no Wall of Sound without her -, she also recorded two highly respectable solo albums in 1968 and 1973. Ellie Greenwich, who simply put magic in the air, died yesterday, August 26, in New York City.
Ellie Greenwich - Be My Baby
Here's the Gallic version of Leader of the Pack by Frank Alamo, who became a photographer after a relatively short-lived pop idol career in the mid-60s. Plus Be My Baby by Vanessa P., high libido style, not a Greenwich cover, as I'm told in the comments - which is definitely true, though I still can hear Ellie's echo.
Frank Alamo - Le chef de la bande
Vanessa Paradis - Be my Baby
Rare track bonus, provided by blogger colleague Roy Black: Yukari Ito's seldom-heard version of Be My Baby, early j-pop with a moonlight serenading Glenn Miller interlude.
Yukari Ito - Be My Baby