Ellie Greenwich, who co-wrote some of pop music’s most enduring songs, died Wednesday.
One of those compositions was Chapel of Love, made famous by the Dixie Cups but later revamped by Elton for the soundtrack of Four Weddings And A Funeral.
The 68-year-old had suffered a heart attack at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, where she had been admitted a few days earlier for treatment of pneumonia, according to her niece, Jessica Weiner.
This member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame had a musical partnership with Phil Spector, whose “wall of sound” technique changed rock. She also enjoyed hits with her ex-husband Jeff Barry.
The Brooklyn native started out as a performer and went on to become an arranger and singer. She is credited with helping Neil Diamond get his start and was a co-producer of some of his early hits.
“Ellie was one of the most important people in my career. She discovered me as a down-and-out songwriter,” said Diamond. “She has remained a great friend and mentor over the years and will be missed greatly.”
Greenwich is survived by a sister, brother-in-law, nephew and her niece.