Ronnie Spector, icon of the 60s girl group, singer of Ronettes, has died at 78

With Phil Spector in production, the Ronettes topped the music charts with hits such as Be My Baby, Be My Baby and Do I Love You.

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Ronnie Spector, the pioneer singer of the American girl group of the 1960s, the Ronettes, whose voice has graced such hits as Be my baby and I love you baby , has died at the age of 78, relatives announced on Wednesday.

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Spector, inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 as a member of the Harlem-based Spanish female trio, died surrounded by loved ones and in the arms of her husband, Jonathan Greenfield, after a brief battle with cancer, the family said in a statement.

“Ronnie lived her life with a sparkle in her eyes, a brave demeanor, a wicked sense of humor and a smile on her face. She was filled with love and gratitude,” the family said.

“Her cheerful sound, playful nature and magical presence will live on in everyone who knew, heard or seen her.”

Spector, born Ronnie Bennett, grew up in the Spanish Quarter of Harlem in New York. She and her sister, Estelle, and their cousin, Nedra Talley, started performing at a very young age, first singing at New York sock hops, or informal sponsored teenage dance events, and Jewish parties. of bar mitzvah.

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The trio first performed as Ronnie and the Relatives before becoming the Ronettes and signing with Colpix Records, a subsidiary of Columbia Pictures, in 1961.

In 1963, the Ronettes got an audition with Phil Spector, one of the top music producers of the 1960s who went on to work with The Beatles on their album. So be it , as well as with acts such as Leonard Cohen and Ike and Tina Turner.

After hearing Ronnie sing a version of the 1956 Frankie Lymon hit Why do fools fall in love , Phil Spector jumped up from his piano and said, “This is the voice I was looking for!” according to a report by Hollywood trade publication Variety.

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With Phil Spector in production, the Ronettes topped the music charts with hits such as Be my baby and Do I like you and Walking in the rain . They were also featured on her holiday album A Christmas present for you performing three songs, including the energetic Christmas classic Sleigh ride .

Ronettes' Estelle Bennett, Ronnie Spector and Nedra Talley, with Keith Richards in the background, at their Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony on March 12, 2007.
Ronettes’ Estelle Bennett, Ronnie Spector and Nedra Talley, with Keith Richards in the background, at their Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony on March 12, 2007. Photo by Scott Gries / Getty Images / File

The singer and producer started an affair and married in 1968, with the singer taking her last name. Years after the couple split in 1972, Ronnie Spector went public with allegations that she had become a virtual captive in their home, prone to abuse from a possessive husband as she turned to alcohol for herself. escape.

Phil Spector died last year at the age of 81 from COVID-19 while serving a life sentence for murder during the 2003 filming of a Hollywood actress.

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Ronnie Spector had a musical comeback in the 1980s when she appeared in American rock star Eddie Money’s hit single. Take me home tonight , and has collaborated with bands like Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.

During the Ronettes Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards recalled the first time he heard Ronnie Spector sing.

“I hear this lovely little song put together, by Nedra and Estelle, and I realize I’m listening to the Ronettes, then that pure, pure voice over the ‘Be My Baby’ vocals,” Richards said. , referring to the singer.

“They touched my heart right away, and they touch it again,” Richards said.

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