Ritchie Cordell • Tick Tock (1943-2004)

17 Mar

Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1943, Richard Joel Rosenblatt loved the feeling he got from pretending to be Elvis Presley in front of his mirror. He learned to play guitar, and began writing and singing his own songs. In 1961, he was introduced to Paul Simon and together they wrote and produced, ‘Tick Tock’ which he sang and released as Ritchie Cordell. This infectious song goes in our play list on the strength of it’s success on the WHK Fabulous 50 Tunedex. Peaking at Number 20, back in June 1962, Cleveland was one of the cities responsible for this songs regional popularity. Over the next three years, Ritchie continued to record with little success but found himself drawn to the great New York songwriters thatRitchie Cordell were cranking out hit after hit. Songwriting soon became his focus and in 1966, Cordell got a job at Roulette records. He began writing and producing for a Michigan garage band called Tommy James and the Shondells. He co-wrote “Mony Mony” and “I Think We’re Alone Now”. These songs made him unique as they hit the charts again, bigger and better than ever in the 80’s by Billy Idol and Tiffany. He got together with a former session player, Tommy Laguna who was the manager for Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and co-produced “I Love Rock & Roll.” In 2004, Ritchie succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 61. He is survived by his wife Helaina Bruno, and sister Ronni.

You’ll hear “Tick Tock” on TUNEDEX MEMORIES


Posted by on March 17, 2007 in Rest In Peace


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2 responses to “Ritchie Cordell • Tick Tock (1943-2004)

  1. Tim

    September 26, 2009 at 4:20 am

    I went to high school (Great Neck North) with Ritchie. Although we didn’t know each other, I was always in awe of him because he succeeded at what many of us only dreamed of – – becoming a singer and songwriter. I remember seeing him hanging out at a late-night diner on Northern Boulevard, right where Great Neck turns into Little Neck. He was a real handsome kid, too.

    It’s been half a century, and I still can’t get Tick Tock ot of my head. I wish it could be re-released or re-recorded.

    Ritchie, I’m sorry I never got to know you better. Maybe we can sing together, further down the road.


    • Ronni

      July 15, 2019 at 8:40 am

      Dear Tim
      I’m Ritchie’s sister and just came across your note.
      It’s a very beautiful compliment to him and I really appreciate it. I’m absolutely positive that he does too.
      Looking forward to lots of music further down the road!


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