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Ellie Greenwich, Aug. 26, age 68: Greenwich was a successful songwriter in the '60s, who co-wrote such classic pop songs as "Chapel of Love," "River Deep, Mountain High," "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Leader of the Pack." As a young woman she was already writing music when she met the man she would marry and collaborate with, Jeff Barry. The two would become among the most successful of the Brill Building composers. The two divorced but continued collaborating, partly because of Greenwich's discovery of Neil Diamond, for whom they would write hits like "Cherry Cherry" and "Kentucky Woman." In September, Bruce Springsteen dedicated "Da Doo Ron Ron" to Greenwich during a concert in Chicago; Springsteen called Greenwich an "incredible rock and soul songwriter."
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