Songwriter of hits by Rolling Stones, Joplin dies

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In this June 14, 2010 photo released by ASCAP, songwriter Jerry Ragovoy is shown at the 2010 Jazz Wall Hall of Fame celebration in New York. Ragovoy, a songwriter for legendary groups like the Rolling Stones and Janis Joplin, died of complications from a stroke on July 13, 2011 at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.  He was 80. (AP Photo/ASCAP, Fernando Leon)
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In this June 14, 2010 photo released by ASCAP, songwriter Jerry Ragovoy is shown at the 2010 Jazz Wall …

NEW YORK (AP) — Jerry Ragovoy, a songwriter credited with songs made famous by the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin and others, has died at the age of 80.

Ragovoy died last week at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Jim Steinblatt, a representative for the performance rights group ASCAP, says he died of complications from a stroke.

Among some of Ragovoy's most famous tunes were "Time Is On My Side" by the Rolling Stones, "Piece of My Heart" by Janis Joplin and "Pata, Pata" by Miriam Makeba.

Some of his songs were credited to a pseudonym, Norman Meade.

Over the years, his songs were recorded by greats like Elvis Presley, B.B. King and Aretha Franklin.

Ragovoy also was a producer for artists including Diana Ross and Dionne Warwick.

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