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Ronnie Spector, lead singer of The Ronettes, has died at the age of 78

She was 78 years old.

The family said, “Our beloved earth angel, Ronnie, left this world in peace today after a brief battle with cancer.” “She was with family and in the arms of her husband, Jonathan. Ronnie lived his life with a gleam in his eyes, a playful attitude, a wicked humor, and a smile on his face.”

Music royalty began to pay tribute to Spector’s talent.

“I just heard the news about Ronnie Spector and I don’t know what to say.” Wilson wrote on Twitter, “I loved her voice so much and she was a very special person and a dear friend. It breaks my heart. Ronnie’s music and soul will live on forever.”
Joan Jett Spector said “The mark on rock and roll is indelible.”

Born Veronica Bennett in the Spanish Harlem neighborhood of New York City, she formed the Ronettes in 1961 with an older sister and a cousin, while she was still a teenager.

The group didn’t become famous until two years later after auditioning for music producer Phil Spector, creator of the 1960s “Wall of Sound” style, who signed them to his label.

Buoyed by the smashing success of “Be My Baby”, his first single for Spector, he toured the country with Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars and revisited several pop hits over the next several years, including “Baby I Love You”. Did. “Walking in the Rain” and “Do I Love You?”

According to Ronnie Spector’s website, the girls’ group also became extremely popular in England, where the Ronettes headlined the Rolling Stones and acts such as Eric Clapton and the Yardbirds, and later opened for the Beatles on their final US tour in 1966.

The group broke up in 1967. Shortly thereafter Ronnie married Phil Spector, with whom she had a tumultuous relationship. Both got divorced in 1974.

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In her memoir, “Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness,” Ronnie Spector described her husband as controlling and emotionally abusive.

In a social media post following his death last year, he famously said, “He was a prolific producer, but a lousy husband.”

By the mid-1970s, Ronnie Spector had begun a new career as a solo artist. Although she never again reached her ’60s commercial peak, she returned to Top 40 radio singing with Eddie Money on the 1986 hit “Take Me Home Tonight”.

In 1988, Ronnie Spector and the Ronnies sued Phil Spector for over $10 million in royalties and license fees. A court eventually ordered him to pay the Ronettes royalties twice a year.

Phil Spector was later convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson and sentenced to 19 years in prison. He died behind bars.

Ronnie Spector continued to record and perform well into his 70s.

Her family said she was “filled with love and gratitude. Her joyful sound, playful nature and magical presence will live on in all who knew, heard or saw her. In lieu of flowers, Ronnie requested your local women’s shelter.” or to the American Indian College Fund. A future celebration of Ronnie’s life and music will be announced. The family respectfully demands privacy at this time.”


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