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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Jerry Raganoy RIP

From Bob Corritore

RIP Jerry Ragavoy - September 4, 1930 to July 13, 2011. Jerry Ragavoy is best known for his great songwriting contributions in the field of soul music during the 1960s. Many of his hit-making compositions defined the careers of the artists who recorded them. Born in Philadelphia in 1930, Ragavoy first entered into the music industry in the early 1950s as a music buyer for an appliance store. He would next move into the role of a record producer where his flair for songwriting quickly was apparent. Some of his many hits include "Cry Baby" by Garnett Mimms, "Get It While You Can," recorded by Howard Tate and later covered by Janis Joplin, and "Time Is On My Side," originally recorded by Kai Winding, and later covered by Irma Thomas and then the Rolling Stones. His songs have been recorded by B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Barry White, The Pointers Sisters, Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross and many others. Often times Ragavoy's songwriting credits bear his pseudonym of Norman Meade. Ragavoy died, following a stroke, on July 13, 2011 at age 80.  To see his Wikipedia bio click To hear Garnett Mimms' sing the Ragavoy song "Cry Baby," click here To hear Lil' Bob and the Lollipops version of Ravoy's song " Stop," click here. To hear Irma Thomas' classic version of "Time is On My Side" click here Thank you Jerry Ragavoy for your brilliant music that will be enjoyed and performed and for generations to come.

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