Ronnie Spector Dies Updates: Ronnie Spector, the pioneering lead singer of the Ronettes, a 1960s all-girl ensemble, has died. With classics like Be My Baby, Baby I Love You, and Walking in the Rain, the pop artist rose to popularity. Her family released a statement saying she died at the age of 78 “after a brief fight with cancer.” According to the statement, “Ronnie lived her life with a glint in her eye, a sassy attitude, a wicked sense of humour, and a smile on her face.” .”She was overflowing with thanks and affection. All who knew, heard, or saw her will remember her cheerful sound, humorous personality, and beautiful presence.” Veronica Yvette Bennett was born in Manhattan in 1943 and rose to stardom at the age of 18 while performing.
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While performing in New York bars, the multi-racial trio drew the eye of record producers with their beehive haircuts and heavy application of mascara. She married Phil Spector, the inventor of the “wall of sound” recording technique, in 1968. Before their divorce, they were married for six years and had three children. Be My Baby, Walking In The Rain, and Baby I Love You were all recorded while he was in charge of the group. He was, nevertheless, violent and abusive. Phil placed a coffin in the basement of their house, according to Spector’s memoir, to warn the singer that if she left him, he would kill her. She ran away from their house barefoot in 1972.
The Ronettes’ bad-girl reputations are regarded for paving the way for future female performers in the music industry. “We didn’t mind being hot. That was our ruse “In 2004, Spector published her memoir, Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness.
“We went in the opposite direction as we saw The Shirelles appear on stage in their wide party dresses, squeezing our bodies into the tightest skirts we could find. Then we’d walk out onto the stage and hike them up even higher to flaunt our legs even more.” It wasn’t only their clothes, though. Spector’s voice was a revelation, full of desire, compassion, and roughness, with a street-wise energy that other girl groups lacked. Other musicians were put off by the massive sound of Be My Baby.
FIVE OF RONNIE SPECTOR’S MOST IMPORTANT SONGS;
Ronnie Spector possessed one of pop music’s most enviable voices. She could express the dizzy highs and terrible desire of teenage love in one vocal run, sweet but sharp, forceful but fragile. The session musicians in a LA recording studio dropped their instruments and stared at her in astonishment when she sang Be My Baby for the first time. She was “the final brick” in Phil Spector’s Wall Of Sound, he said. Her chart career was ultimately cut short due to the producer’s jealousy and violence, but she continued to make music well into her 70s, and her vocal power remained unaffected. Here are a few of her most memorable performances.
- Be My Baby (1963)
Ronnie Spector, who was only 16 at the time, rehearsed this song for weeks, but Phil Spector insisted on 42 studio takes before he was pleased. Perhaps this contributes to her desperation as she begs, “Won’t you be my baby?” – yet there’s also a strength and resolve in her voice that could only come from Ronnie.
- Baby, I Love You, (1963).
Ronnie has found her lover in the follow-up to Be My Baby, and the hormonal surge of adolescent love has never sounded more wonderful. The song was once characterized by Bruce Springsteen as “the sound of galaxies clashing.”
3.Try some, buy some (1971)
The Beatles successfully put an end to the girl group mania in the United States, but George Harrison tried to make up by giving Spector this unreleased track from his All Things Must Pass album. Spector imbues the story of a religious revelation with the necessary drama, as choirs soar and mandolins flutter about her. The hilariously daft b-side Tandoori Chicken, an ode to the delights of an Indian takeaway, is also worth checking out.
- Say goodbye to Hollywood (1977)
Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, who made no secret of their affection for The Ronettes’ sound, persuaded Spector to return to the studio after her marriage ended. They collaborated on a cover of Billy Joel’s Say Goodbye to Hollywood, and Spector seems revitalized from the moment Clarence Clemons’ saxophone proclaims her return.
- How Can you Mend a Broken Heart? (2016)
Spector performed a soulful and moving rendition of the Bee Gees’ How Can You Mend A Broken Heart? on her most recent album. She “went into the ladies’ room and wept my eyes out” after finishing the song, she told Rolling Stone. “Because, you know, that song is about my life.”