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Ronnie Spector, founder of the Ronettes and American pop legend, has died

Ronnie Spector, founder of the Ronettes and American pop legend, has died

The american Ronnie spector, leader of the pop group The Ronettes and the powerful voice of their hits like “Be My Baby” and “Baby I love You,” died of cancer at the age of 78, his family announced.

Singer, an icon from the 1960s, formed the women’s group in 1957 with her older sister Estelle Bennett and her cousin Nedra Talley.

“Our beloved earthly angel, Ronnie, left this world alone today after a brief battle with cancer,” the family announced.

“Ronnie lived his life with a twinkle in his eye, a brave attitude, a spectacular sense of humor and a smile on his face, “the statement continued.

Born Veronica Greenfield in New York on August 10, 1943, Spector was the daughter of an African-American-Cherokee mother and a father of Irish descent.

The Ronettes, the group he formed with his sister and cousin, established himself in the Big Apple thanks to passionate love songs, before Ronnie signed in 1963 with the then legendary producer Phil Spector, whom he would later marry.

With their heavily made-up vampire eyes, towering ruffle hairdos, and above-knee skirts, the band marked the 1960s with a string of hits, including “Baby, I Love You” and “(The Best Part of) Breakin ‘Up”, along with “Be My Baby”, which in 1999 was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Ronnie Spector During The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony At The Waldorf Astoria In New York (Usa).  Photo: Efe

Ronnie Spector during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York (USA). Photo: EFE

Along with the Supremes, the Ronettes were among the first groups of singers, and the first women, to tour with the Beatles, opening their concerts on the 1966 tour.

Upon inducting the trio into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards recalled opening for the Ronettes in the 1960s.

“They didn’t need anything. They touched my heart right there and they still do,” Richards said.

The Ronettes parted ways in 1967 after a concert tour of Europe.

In 1968, Ronnie married Phil Spector, once the king of rock’n roll producers, who in 2009 was jailed for murder.

The couple divorced in 1974 and in her autobiography the singer recounted years of terribly abusive behavior perpetrated by her ex.

Following The Breakup Of The Ronettes, Spector Continued A Solo Career.  Photo: Reuters

Following the breakup of the Ronettes, Spector continued a solo career. Photo: Reuters

After the Ronettes split, Spector continued touring and making music., including “Take Me Home Tonight” with Eddie Money, he also recorded Joel’s “Say Goodbye to Hollywood” with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, and the 1999 EP “She Talks to Rainbows”, which included his first recording of “Don’t Worry Baby”, written for her by Brian Wilson.

In 2006 he released “Last of the Rock Stars”, his first album in 20 years with collaborations from The Raconteurs, Keith Richards, Patti Smith and The Raveonettes.

In 2010 he released a Christmas EP entitled “Ronnie Spector’s Best Christmas Ever” and in 2016 “English Heart”, an album of covers of British songs from the 1960s.

Ronnie Spector’s influence was felt a lot. Brian Wilson became obsessed with “Be My Baby” and Billy Joel wrote “Say Goodbye to Hollywood” in honor of Spector. Amy Winehouse used to cite Spector as her idol.

Martin Scorsese used “Be My Baby” at the beginning of his 1973 film “Mean Streets”, the song appears in the title sequence of “Dirty Dancing”. ) and the ending credits of “Baby Mama”. She also appeared on television in “Moonlighting” and “The Wonder Years”.

With information from Agencies


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