Da Doo Ron Ron - More From The Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry Songbook Various Artists (Songwriter Series)


Ace Records
Catalogue Id:
CDCHD 1340

New York’s famed Brill Building housed many talented teams of songwriters whose names are immortalised in the realm of popular music. Brooklyn natives Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry each had budding careers as composers before they joined up in 1962, at which point the fruits of their labours became spectacular. Ace’s second collection of the couple’s output is proof that there are no words to describe their talent.

There are some beautiful confections here. The girl group phenomenon of the early 1960s was the duo’s area of expertise. Take New York’s most famous female groups of the day – the Shangri-Las, the Crystals, the Chiffons, the Jelly Beans, the Ronettes, the Dixie Cups, the Exciters (and even the elusive Butterflys); their best-remembered songs and biggest hits came from the pens of Greenwich and Barry. The Exciters’ ‘All Grown Up’, once confined to the vaults, makes the earlier Phil Spector-produced versions sound anaemic. The Chiffons track comes from their most difficult to track down album. Connie Francis released her perfect contribution to the girl group sound with the stomping ‘Don’t Ever Leave Me’ in the same year that Lesley Gore’s equally compelling ‘Look Of Love’ hit the charts. Greenwich and Barry were so good at supplying material to groups that they even recorded as one of their own, calling themselves the Raindrops. All the above-named are represented on this stuffed-to-bursting-with-pop-classics collection.

Greenwich and Barry were mainstays of the Philles label and Red Bird Records. It was no mean feat to be amongst the preferred purveyors of material to moguls such as Phil Spector, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and it would be impossible to put together a collection of either label’s hits without embracing an armful of songs from the husband and wife team. After Philles and Red Bird, the duo went on to Bert Berns’ Bang Records, where Jeff Barry had a hand in a hit for the McCoys, also here.

Amongst the other male acts on this set are Jay & the Americans, the Monkees and the Tokens; the latter just happens to be the earliest known recording of a Greenwich and Barry song. And there’s a song by Manfred Mann for which an American original version has yet to be discovered. The Shangri-Las may have had the bigger chart hit with ‘Give Us Your Blessing’ but this CD includes the original version by Ray Peterson. A track each from the composers finishes off this exuberant collection.

By Eric Charge


Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview Baby I Love You - The Ronettes

  • 02 Preview The Train From Kansas City - The Shangri-Las

  • 03 Preview Look Of Love (LP version) - Lesley Gore

  • 04 Preview She Hangs Out - The Monkees

  • 05 Preview Not Too Young To Get Married - Bob B Soxx & The Blue Jeans

  • 06 Preview I Wanna Love Him So Bad - The Jelly Beans

  • 07 Preview Don't Ever Leave Me - Connie Francis

  • 08 Preview Sweet Laurie, Fair Laurie - The Tokens

  • 09 Preview Chapel Of Love - The Dixie Cups

  • 10 Preview Wait 'Til My Bobby Gets Home - Darlene Love

  • 11 Preview Why Don't They Let Us Fall In Love - Sonny & Cher

  • 12 Preview I Know It's All Right - Sam Hawkins

  • 13 Preview Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home) - The Crystals

  • 14 Preview I Wonder - The Butterflys

  • 15 Preview That Boy John - The Raindrops

  • 16 Preview When The Boy's Happy (The Girl's Happy Too) - The Four Pennies

  • 17 Preview Give Us Your Blessing - Ray Peterson

  • 18 Preview This Is It - Jay & The Americans

  • 19 Preview Every Boy And Every Girl - The Chiffons

  • 20 Preview All Grown Up - The Exciters

  • 21 Preview That's All I Ever Want From You Baby - Manfred Mann With Paul Jones

  • 22 Preview I Got To Go Back (And Watch That Little Girl Dance) - The McCoys

  • 23 Preview I'll Still Love You - Jeff Barry

  • 24 Preview Goodnight, Goodnight (What's So Good About It) - Ellie Greenwich

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