Grammy-winning songwriter Ragovoy, who was the son of an optometrist and born in Philadelphia in 1930, died last week at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City from complications following a stroke.
Among some of Ragovoy's most famous tunes were Time Is On My Side by the Rolling Stones, Piece of My Heart and Cry Baby by Joplin and Pata, Pata by Miriam Makeba.
Some of his songs, including Time Is On My Side, were written under the pseudonym of Norman Meade, during a time he was saving his own name for the scores he planned to write for Broadway musicals.
His songs were also recorded by B.B. King, Barry White, Louis Jordan, Dusty Springfield and Aretha Franklin – and Ragovoy also was a producer for artists including Diana Ross, Bonnie Raitt and Dionne Warwick. He would sometimes collaborate on songwriting with Bert Berns