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Shangri-Las songwriter, producer Shadow Morton dies, aged 71

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Shangri-Las songwriter and producer George 'Shadow' Morton has died at the age of 71.

According to The New York Times, he passed away from cancer on Thursday (February 14) in Laguna Beach, California.

Shangri-Las producer and songwriter George 'Shadow' Morton

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Morton was best known for co-writing some of the 1960s girl group's most iconic hits, including 'Leader of the Pack' and 'Give Him a Great Big Kiss'.

He went on to become the main producer at record label Red Bird, launched by legendary songwriting partners Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, where he oversaw records by acts including Janis Ian and Iron Butterfly.

After leaving the music business in the 1970s, Morton embarked on a second career as a designer of golf clubs, but continued to write songs, most of which are said to have remained unrecorded.

Morton is survived by daughters Stacey, Danielle and Keli, sister Geraldine and three grandchildren.

Listen to The Shangri-Las perform the Shadow Morton-penned track 'Remember (Walkin' in the Sand)' below:

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