Songwriter/singer/producer Ellie Greenwich's songs (many of which were also produced by Phil Spector) are iconic in and of themselves (I can't even recall the first time I heard "Do Wah Diddy" or "Chapel of Love" — they've just always been there), but because they've been placed in so many movies and TV shows, I've come to fondly associate them with some of my favorite scenes.
I can't hear "Be My Baby" without conjuring up the image of that slow-motion black-and-white introduction to Dirty Dancing. Just hearing that percussive intro makes me smile, as I remember one of my most beloved movies. And I know many of you are fans of Father of the Bride, so you probably know exactly where "Chapel of Love" and "(Today I Met) The Boy I'm Going to Marry" can be heard in the film. "Then He Kissed Me" will always be tied in my memory to Elisabeth Shue prancing around her room while getting ready for the big date she never gets to go on in Adventures in Babysitting. Greenwich also wrote or co-wrote "Leader of the Pack," "Da Doo Ron Ron," "Christmas Baby (Please Come Home)" and "Hanky Panky," among many others.
In honor of Greenwich's passing today, I've gathered up some of my favorite songs she helped create. To check out the playlist,