Jordan "Jerry" Ragovoy (September 4, 1930 – July 13, 2011)  was an American  songwriter and record producer.
composition " Time Is on My Side" (written under the pseudonym of Norman Meade) was made famous by The Rolling Stones, although it had been recorded earlier by Kai Winding and Irma Thomas. Ragovoy also wrote " Stay With Me", which was originally recorded by Lorraine Ellison and made famous by Bette Midler in her film . It was also performed by The Rose Mary J. Blige at the 49th Grammy Awards.
Jerry Ragovoy was the founder of the famous N. Y. recording studio, The Hit Factory.
Early life and career [ edit ]
Ragovoy was born in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of a Hungarian-born Jewish optometrist. He entered record production in 1953 with "My Girl Awaits Me" by  the Castelles.
Another well-known song by Ragovoy is "
Piece of My Heart", co-written with Bert Berns and recorded originally by Erma Franklin, and later famously covered by Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company. Between 1966 and 1968, Ragovoy was employed as producer and songwriter for the Warner Bros subsidiary Loma Records. He also co-wrote several songs in Janis Joplin's solo career, including "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)" (originally by Lorraine Ellison on Loma Records), " Cry Baby" (originally by Garnet Mimms and the Enchanters), "Get it While You Can" (originally by Howard Tate, covered by Joplin) and "My Baby". Prior to Joplin's death, Ragovoy wrote a song especially for her next album, titled "I'm Gonna Rock My Way to Heaven". The song was never recorded or performed until shortly before Ragovoy's death in July 2011, when it was included in the theatrical production , written and directed by Randy Johnson with arrangements and musical direction by Len Rhodes. Ragovoy was in attendance on opening night when the show premiered at Portland Center Stage on May 27, 2011.
A Night with Janis Joplin
Later career [ edit ]
produced recorded work by Bonnie Raitt and Milkwood. However, his involvement in the  music industry was less prolific from the 1970s onwards.
In 1973, he won a
Grammy Award as producer on Best Score From an Original Cast Show Album, for . Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope
In 1974, Ragovoy teamed up with
Dionne Warwick to produce her Then Came You album, which peaked at No. 35 in the US  Billboard R&B albums chart.
In 2003, Ragovoy worked again with Howard Tate. The pair returned with an acclaimed
CD, Howard Tate Rediscovered, written, arranged and produced by Ragovoy.
Ace Records released a compilation album entitled, The Jerry Ragovoy Story: Time Is on My Side.
In 2012, Ragovoy was portrayed by actor
Brad Garrett in the film . Not Fade Away
Ragovoy died, following a
stroke, on July 13, 2011, at the age of 80.
Notable compositions [ edit ]
"About This Thing Called Love"
"Ain't Nobody Home"
Howard Tate B. B. King, Bonnie Raitt
"All I Know is The Way I Feel"
Irma Thomas Howard Tate, The Pointer Sisters
"A Wonderful Dream"
"Cloudy with a Chance of Tears"
Garnet Mimms and the Enchanters Janis Joplin
"Eight Days on the Road"
Howard Tate Aretha Franklin, Foghat
"Either Side of the Same Town"
Howard Tate Elvis Costello
"Get It While You Can"
Howard Tate Janis Joplin
"Heart Be Still"
Lorraine Ellison Peter Straker
"I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face"
Baby Washington Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, Dionne Warwick, Madeline Bell
"I'll Make It Up to You"
Garnet Mimms and the Enchanters Manfred Mann
I'll Take Good Care Of You"
Garnet Mimms and the Enchanters
"It's Been Such a Long Way Home"
Garnet Mimms and the Enchanters
"It Was Easier to Hurt Her"
Garnet Mimms and the Enchanters Chris Farlowe, Dusty Springfield
"Looking for You"
Garnet Mimms and the Enchanters Chris Farlowe
"Love Makin' Music"
"Morning Light" (co-writer with Don Benoliel)
Louis Jordan Royal Crown Revue
"Move Me No Mountain"
Dionne Warwick Hank Crawford, Chaka Khan, Soul II Soul, Love Unlimited
Garnet Mimms and the Enchanters Janis Joplin, The Yardbirds
"My Girl Awaits Me"
One Way Love"
The Drifters Bryan Ferry
Miriam Makeba Osibisa, Percy Faith
Piece of My Heart"
Erma Franklin Big Brother and the Holding Company, Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge, Dusty Springfield, The Move, Bonnie Tyler, Faith Hill, Janis Joplin
Stay with Me"
Lorraine Ellison Sharon Tandy, The Walker Brothers, Bette Midler, Terry Reid, Phil Seymour, Michael Grimm, Ten Wheel Drive, Steve Marriott
Howard Tate James Gang, Jimi Hendrix, Band of Gypsys, Super Session
Time Is on My Side"
Kai Winding Irma Thomas, The Rolling Stones, The Moody Blues, Tracy Nelson
"Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)"
Lorraine Ellison Janis Joplin
"What's It Gonna Be"
Dusty Springfield Barbara Acklin
"Where Did My Baby Go"
Butterfield Blues Band
"You Better Believe It"
"You Don't Know Nothing About Love"
Carl Hall Lorraine Ellison, Renée Geyer, Jill Scott, Mighty Sam McClain
"You Got It"
References [ edit ]
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Unterberger, Richie. "Jerry Ragovoy - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic . Retrieved . 2013-04-07
Laing, Dave (20 July 2011). "Jerry Ragovoy obituary". The Guardian . Retrieved . 20 July 2011
"Jerry Ragovoy - Awards". AllMusic . Retrieved . 2013-04-07
Jason Elias. "Then Came You - Dionne Warwick | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic . Retrieved . 2014-08-02
"Then Came You - Dionne Warwick | Awards". AllMusic . Retrieved . 2014-08-02
"News". Rolling Stone . Retrieved . 2013-04-07
Richie Unterberger (2008-04-29). "The Jerry Ragovoy Story: Time Is on My Side 1953-2003 - Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic . Retrieved . 2016-06-21
"NYFF 2012 Critic's Choice - "Something In The Air" and "Not Fade Away" - Independent Magazine". Independent Magazine. 2012-10-08 . Retrieved . 2018-01-24
"Artist: Jerry Ragovoy". Second Hand Songs. Archived from the original on 2005-11-27 . Retrieved . 2013-04-07
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