George 'shadow' Morton, the producer who gave girl group the Shangri-Las their distinctive sound, has died, aged 72.
Grammy Award winner Janis Ian announced the sad news to fans via Facebook.com on Friday (15Feb13), posting a photo of herself with Morton from 1967.
He produced Leader of the Pack for the Shangri-Las and Ian's Society's Child.
Morton's other hits included Iron Butterfly's In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida and Vanilla Fudge's You Keep Me Hangin' On.
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.