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Ronnie Spector, who sang Be My Baby with The Ronettes, dies


Our beloved angel, Ronnie, peacefully left this world today after a brief battle with cancerhis relatives said in a statement.

Ronnie lived his life with a twinkle in his eyes, a spirited demeanor, a fierce sense of humor and a smile on his face, adds his family.

Ronnie Spector was born Veronica Greenfield on August 10, 1943, in New York, to an African-American and Native American mother and father of Irish descent, in the neighborhood of Spanish Harlem. She formed The Ronettes in 1957 with her sister, Estelle Bennett, and cousin Nedra Talley.

The group rose to prominence in the New York area, with their soulful love songs, before associating in 1963 with legendary producer Phil Spector, Ronnie’s future husband.

Unmissable song from sound wall

With their seductive eyes, puffy hairstyles and short skirts, The Ronettes rolled out a string of hits in the early ’60s, most notably Baby, I Love You, (The Best Part of) Breakin ‘Up Where Be my baby, who was inducted into the 1999 Grammy Hall of Fame.

The song, emblematic of Phil Spector’s symphonic production style, known as sound barrier, has been used as a soundtrack in films like Mean streets by Martin Scorsese (1973) or Dirty Dancing (1987), classic romance movie starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray.

Along with The Supremes, The Ronettes were one of the most popular groups of the era, and the only all-female group to share the stage with the Beatles, opening their North American tour in 1966.

When the trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards recalled performing their first part in the 1960s. They didn’t need anything. They touched my heart then and they touch it again, he had declared.

Black and white portrait of the three members of the musical group the ronettes.

Ronnie Spector, left, with Nedra Talley and Estelle, in October 1964.

Photo: Getty Images / Express

Troubled marriage

The Ronettes separated in 1967, and the following year Ronnie married Phil Spector, known to have been one of the greatest rock’n’roll producers in history, but jailed for murder in 2009.

The couple divorced in 1974, and Ronnie Spector recounted in an autobiography the years of suffering and abuse she suffered with her former husband.

After The Ronettes, Ronnie Spector continued a solo career, punctuated by several collaborations with artists such as Eddie Money and the E Street Band.

His album The Last of the Rock Stars, released in 2006, included collaborations with Keith Richards and Patti Smith.

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