The 1960s pop songwriter and producer Shadow Morton died of cancer on February 14 in Laguna Beach, California. He was 71. The biggest hits of Brooklyn-born George Francis Morton were “Leader of the Pack” and “Remember (Walking in the Sand),” the former written with Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, both songs recorded by the tough, pants-wearing girl group The Shangri-Las. As a member of the legendary Brill Building bloc of songwriters, Morton worked with the likes of Carol King and Gerry Goffin and Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller and produced for the Shangri-Las, Janis Ian, Vanilla Fudge, and even the New York Dolls. Shadow Morton has the unique distinction of having produced Iron Butterfly’s 17-minute “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” which radio DJs at the time used as a bathroom break.
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