Author of hits for Janis Joplin and The Rolling Stones dead at 80
Legendary soul songwriter Jerry Ragovoy has passed away after suffering a stroke.
Joplin went on to cover four of Ragovoy‘s songs: ‘Piece Of My Heart’, ‘Cry Baby’, ‘Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)’ and ‘Get It While You Can’.
Ragovoy wrote a song specifically for Joplin, entitled, ‘I’m Gonna Rock My Way To Heaven’ but the singer died before she could perform it.
Speaking to the LA Times, Jim Steinblatt, a spokesman for the performance rights group ASCAP said, “Jerry was a giant of soul, R&B and rock songwriting and record production. His songs were far better known than he was.”
He is survived by his wife, Bev, two daughters, Melissa and Gillian, and a granddaughter, Loretta.
You can hear some of his hits below.