Ronnie Spector Dies at Age 78

Ronnie Spector Dies at Age 78

Ronnie Spector Dies at Age 78

Ronnie Spector, who sang among the best songs of the ’60s and was known as the unique “unhealthy lady of rock ‘n’ roll,” has died. She was 78 and fought a brief battle with most cancers.

An announcement launched to Spector’s social media pages and web site reads: “Our beloved earth angel, Ronnie, peacefully left this world at the moment after a short battle with most cancers. She was with household and within the arms of her husband, Jonathan. Ronnie lived her life with a twinkle in her eye, a spunky angle, a depraved humorousness and a smile on her face. She was full of love and gratitude. Her joyful sound, playful nature and magical presence will reside on in all who knew, heard or noticed her.”

Spector, who was born Veronica Bennett, first discovered fame as a member of the Ronettes, a trio she shaped in 1957 together with her older sister and a pal. In 1963, Phil Spector signed the group to his label and produced its first hit single, “Be My Baby,” which incorporates one of the recognizable track intros in pop-music historical past.

The track influenced scores of artists within the coming years, together with Brian Wilson, who began shaping the Beach Boys‘ music to sound extra like Spector’s well-known Wall of Sound.

The Ronettes scored extra hits over the subsequent few years, together with “Baby, I Love You” and “Walking within the Rain.” All of their hit singles had been produced by Phil Spector, who married Ronnie in 1968. The group had break up up a 12 months earlier than that.

The Spectors separated in 1972, by which period Ronnie was pursuing a solo profession. (She had recorded a number of solo singles within the ’60s whereas doubling her time as a member of the Ronettes.) Even although none of her solo hits or albums had a lot presence on the charts within the ’70s, the affect of her ’60s songs grew. She picked up some well-known followers, together with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s Steven Van Zandt, who labored on her solo data.

In 1986, after years away from any chart success, the late Eddie Money recruited Spector to sing on his hit single “Take Me Home Tonight,” the place she sang her well-known “Be My Baby” refrain in reply to Money’s line “Just like Ronnie sang.” The track went to No. 4, the largest hit of Money’s profession.

Listen to the Ronettes’ ‘Be My Baby’

“I known as up Ronnie Spector, and I mentioned ‘Ronnie, that is Eddie Money and there’s a track right here, and it’s an actual tribute to you,'” Money advised UCR’s Matt Wardlaw in 2014. “‘It’s known as ‘Take Me Home Tonight,’ and ‘be my little child’ is the second a part of the refrain.’ So she got here down and did the video with me, which was implausible. She regarded superb and the video was nice. We’ve been buddies ever since. She’s an actual sweetheart.”

The hit track sparked a resurgence in Spector’s profession. She wrote a memoir in 1990, Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts and Madness, Or, My Life as a Fabulous Ronette, and carried out on soundtracks throughout this period. In 2007 she was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Ronettes. In his induction speech, Keith Richards made reference to her being the unique “unhealthy lady of rock ‘n’ roll.”

In 2020, it was introduced {that a} biopic primarily based on her memoir starring Zendaya as Spector can be going into manufacturing.

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