The great Shadow Morton is no longer with us.
Thea New York-based producer and songwriter best known for his work with 1960s girl group the Shangri-Las, has died at 73, according to reports.
He was famous for writing the Shangri Las Leader Of The Pack and also for producing the New York Dolls 1974, Too Much Too Soon album- for these two facts alone he is in our eternal wall of fame.
He began his music career singing in a doo-wop group called the Marquees. and started songwriting through his childhood friend and Brill Building songwriter Ellie Greenwich. “He pulled together a young girl group from Astoria, some local musicians (including a young Billy Joel) and a basement studio in Bethpage. Morton created “Remember (Walking in the Sand)” and presented it to Greenwich’s employers [legendary production-songwriting team] Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, who loved the track and sent Morton into the studio to record the song, and the Shangri-Las were born.”
Morton became chief producer of Lieber and Stoller’s Red Bird label and worked on other mid-60s hits for the Shangri-Las including “I Can Never Go Home Anymore” and their best known song “Leader of the Pack.”
He produced a diverse slate of artists, including: Janice Ian (“Society Child”), heavier rock bands Vanilla Fudge and Iron Butterfly, (including the latter’s epic hit “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”) as well as the Dolls.