Remembering The Ronettes’ Ronnie Spector

During the 1960’s Ronnie gave voice to memorable songs such as “Be My Baby”

Remembering The Ronettes’ Ronnie Spector

Ronnie Spector was one of the 1960’s most memorable singers, both due to her voice, hit singles and also her influential look (that inspired others such as Amy Winehouse). She was born Veronica Yvette Bennett in Spanish Harlem, New York City on August 10, 1943. During the early 1960’s she became the lead singer of the rock/pop vocal girl group the Ronettes that were signed by Phil Spector to Philles Records. She also started back then a relationship with Spector that culminated in marriage later in 1968. During The Ronettes’s Spector period, they had a string of hit singles that included “Be My Baby”, “Baby, I Love You”, “The Best Part of Breakin’ Up”, “Do I Love You?”, and “Walking in the Rain”. Despite the chart success, The Ronettes disbanded in 1967 following a European tour. Ronnie launched her solo career during that period and throughout the 1970’s. In 1971 she recorded the single “Try Some, Buy Some/Tandoori Chicken” at Abbey Road Studios, London, for The Beatles label Apple. The A-side was written by George Harrison, and produced by both him and Spector. Unable to repeat the same level of success she had back in the 1960’s, she briefly reformed the Ronettes (as Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes) with two new members during the mid 1970’s and early 1980’s, however, widely perceived as an oldies act. Despite that Ronnie had a very active singing career, often doing live concerts and recording new music until her death  on January 12, 2022, after a short battle with cancer, at the age of 78. Recently, On August 9, 2017, People Magazine premiered a new single “Love Power” by Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes, making it the first Ronettes single in decades. The song was released August 18, 2017. Ronnie divorced Phil Spector in 1974 after years of an abusive marriage, which included her being imprisoned in their California mansion and subjected her to years of psychological torment. As she detailed in her 1990 memoir.

Look back at The Ronettes performing live in 1965 their hit “Be My Baby” and also “Shout” from “The Big T.N.T. Show”

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