Songwriter and producer Ritchie Cordell died in New York of pancreatic cancer on April 13. He was 61.

Songwriter and producer Ritchie Cordell died in New York of pancreatic cancer on April 13. He was 61.

Born Richard Joel Rosenblatt, Cordell authored a string of '60s pop hits, including "Mony Mony" and "I Think We're Alone Now" for Tommy James & the Shondells; those tunes were later successfully covered in 1987 by Billy Idol and Tiffany, respectively.

He penned "Indian Giver" for the 1910 Fruitgum Company and "Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'" for Crazy Elephant, both sizable hits for producers Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz. He produced Joan Jett's debut album "Bad Reputation" and her No. 1 1982 hit "I Love Rock 'N Roll," Bow Wow Wow's "I Want Candy" and the Ramones' "Subterranean Jungle."

Cordell is survived by his wife Helaina, his mother and father, and a sister.