Ronnie Spector, ’60s icon who sang ‘Be My Baby,’ dies at 78. Ronnie Spector, the cat-eyed, freak-hived gemstone‘n’roll temptress who sang similar 1960s hits as “ Be My Baby,” “ Baby I Love You” and “ footing in the Rain” as the leader of the girl group The Ronettes, has failed. She was 78.
Spector failed Wednesday after a brief battle with cancer, her family said. “ Ronnie lived her life with an eyeblink in her eye, a mettlesome station, a wicked sense of humor, and a smile on her face. She was filled with love and gratefulness,” a statement said. No other details were revealed.
Paeans swamped social media, from Stevie Van Zandt saying it was an honor to produce her, to Brian Wilson, who wrote on Twitter “ I loved her voice so much and she was a veritably special person and a dear friend.” Diane Warren called her “ The voice of a million teenage dreams including mine.”
The Ronettes’ sexy look and important voices — plus songwriting and producing help from Phil Spector — turned them into one of the premier acts of the girl-group period, traveling England with The Rolling Monuments and befriending the Beatles.
She recorded Be My Baby at age 16, as she told WHYY’s Fresh Air in 1987.” It was inconceivable because there I was in California, recording,” she recalled, “and I’d noway left New York. I’d no way been out of New York in my whole life. And there I’m on an airplane going to California by myself, without the other two Ronettes, just to do a supereminent part. And I mean, I remember being in the ladies’ room at the New York field just singing in the restroom, ’cause I do not read music or anything, and I do not play any instruments. So it was like you had to just learn it over and over.”
The Ronettes headlined for major gemstone acts including The Rolling Monuments and Eric Clapton. The Beatles hand-picked the group to join theirU.S. stint in 1966.
In the face of the abuse, Ronnie Spector plants it delicately to reestablish her career. But she was encouraged by Bruce Springsteen, the E Street Band, and Billy Joel.
Who is Ronnie Spector?
Veronica Greenfield, known as Ronnie Spector, was an American songster who formed the girl group the Ronettes in 1957 with her elder family, Estelle Bennett, and their kinsman, Nedra Talley. Ronnie faced the group while record patron Phil Spector produced the maturity of their recording affair.
Joel had written a song called” Say Goodbye to Hollywood” with the sound of The Ronettes in his observance, and Springsteen was in the midst of a legal battle with a former director that averted him from recording. Guitarist and patron Steven Van Zandt took the occasion to blandish Spector back into the plant with the E Street Band — to record a cover of Joel’s song.
After Spector’s death, Van Zandt wrote on Twitter”It was an honor to produce her and encourage her to get back on stage where she remained for the coming 45 times. Her record with the E Street Band helped sustain us at a veritably precarious time.”
In 1986, she had a memorable solo in Eddie Money’s 1986 megahit” Take Me Home Tonight.” Plutocrat advises,” Hear, honey, it’s just like Ronnie sang.” before Spector swoops in to sing” be my little baby”— followed by her notorious”oh, oh, oh.”
The Ronettes were instated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Her last solo reader, English Heart, was released by the 429 markers in 2016.
The family writes that, in lieu of flowers, Spector requested donations be made” to your original women’s sanctum or to the American Indian College Fund.”
A festivity of Spector’s life and music will be blazoned at an after date. In 2006, she released “ Last of the Rock Stars,” her first reader in 20 times and it featured appearances by the Raconteurs, Keith Richards, Patti Smith, and The Raveonettes. In 2010 she released a doo-wop Christmas EP called “ Ronnie Spector’s Stylish Christmas Ever” and in 2016 released “ English Heart,” her covers of songs from Britain in the ’60s. She’s survived by her hubby, Jonathan Greenfield, and two sons, Jason and Austin.