Rolling Stones, Who Songwriter Jerry Ragovoy Dies at 80
Published Jul 15, 2011Esteemed soul songwriter and producer Jerry Ragovoy died this past Wednesday (July 13) following complications from a stroke. He was 80 years old.
While Ragovoy wrote and recorded songs for the East Coast soul scene, working primarily in New York City and Philadelphia, a number of his tracks were notably covered by rock artists the world over. One of his most well-known compositions, "Time Is on My Side," a song penned under the nom de plume Norman Meade, was covered by the Rolling Stones in 1964. The song went on to become the band's first Top 10 hit.
The Who covered his song "Anytime You Want Me," on their 1965 album My Generation, and Janis Joplin also took a crack at his track "Piece of My Heart." While the song, co-written with Bert Berns, became a hit for Joplin's Big Brother and the Holding Company in 1968, it was first recorded by soul singer Erma Franklin, Aretha's sister, in 1967.
Ragovoy started his music career in Philadelphia in 1953 before moving to New York City and opening up the Hit Factory studio, where he produced a number of hits, including Garnet Mimms's "Cry Baby," also covered by Joplin.
Though known for his soul songs, Ragovoy racked up a Grammy in 1973 for his production work on the cast album Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope.
Ragovoy is survived by his wife Beverly, their twin daughters and one granddaughter.
Thanks to American Songwriter for the tip.