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Born on this day: August 10, 1943 – Ronnie Spe…

Born on this day: August 10, 1943 – Ronnie Spector, lead singer of The Ronettes (born Veronica Yvette Bennett in New York City, NY). Happy 76th Birthday, Ronnie!!

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Bruce Springsteen and Ronnie Spector circa 197…

Bruce Springsteen and Ronnie Spector circa 1975

twixnmix: When Phil Spector and his wife Ronni…

twixnmix:

When Phil Spector and his wife Ronnie Spector adopted their son Donté

in 1969,

Phil tried to pass him off as their biological child. He wrote an actual theatrical script breakdown for Ronnie to manage the unveiling of their new child. Two years later, Phil gave Ronnie a set of adopted twins for Christmas. Just a few months after that, she escaped. Ronnie

had been tormented by Phil and kept prisoner in his mansion throughout their marriage. The day after their wedding in 1968 he surrounded the estate with a barbed-wire fence. Bars went on the windows next, and monitoring intercoms were installed in all the rooms. Then a set of 10-foot electrified gates went up. He would hide her shoes so she couldn’t leave on her own. On the rare occasions she was permitted to leave Phil made her drive with a life-size blow-up doll of himself. He frequently pulled a gun on her and installed a gold coffin with a glass top in the basement, promising that he would kill her if she tried to leave him. She escaped barefoot with the help of her mother in 1972. 

In 2009, Phil was sentenced to 19 years to life for shooting actress Lana Clarkson to death at his home in 2003.

When Phil Spector and his wife Ronnie Spector …

When Phil Spector and his wife Ronnie Spector adopted their son Donté

in 1969,

Phil tried to pass him off as their biological child. He wrote an actual theatrical script breakdown for Ronnie to manage the unveiling of their new child. Two years later, Phil gave Ronnie a set of adopted twins for Christmas. Just a few months after that, she escaped. Ronnie

had been tormented by Phil and kept prisoner in his mansion throughout their marriage. The day after their wedding in 1968 he surrounded the estate with a barbed-wire fence. Bars went on the windows next, and monitoring intercoms were installed in all the rooms. Then a set of 10-foot electrified gates went up. He would hide her shoes so she couldn’t leave on her own. On the rare occasions she was permitted to leave Phil made her drive with a life-size blow-up doll of himself. He frequently pulled a gun on her and installed a gold coffin with a glass top in the basement, promising that he would kill her if she tried to leave him. She escaped barefoot with the help of her mother in 1972. 

In 2009, Phil was sentenced to 19 years to life for shooting actress Lana Clarkson to death at his home in 2003.

twixnmix: Ronnie Spector at Soldiers’ and …

twixnmix:

Ronnie Spector at

Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Monument

at Riverside Park in New York City, 1973.   

Photos by Kevin Dilworth

The Ronettes (1962)  

The Ronettes (1962)  

Born on this day: August 10, 1943 – Ronnie Spe…

Born on this day: August 10, 1943 – Ronnie Spector, lead singer of The Ronettes (born Veronica Yvette Bennett in New York City, NY). Happy 75th Birthday, Ronnie!!

twixnmix: Record producer Phil Spector with …

twixnmix:

Record producer Phil Spector with his then-future wife Veronica Bennett (Ronnie

Spector), lead singer of the Ronettes at Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles, California, 1966.

After they married in 1968, Phil Spector pulled her from the limelight and imprisoned her in his California mansion. The only time Spector allowed her to leave was once a month, “to go get my feminine stuff, if you catch my drift” she told The Telegraph. If she was gone longer than 20 minutes he’d send a bodyguard. According to her, she would be summoned to Phil’s side while he was recording with other artists – just to sit on the stool next to him, not moving. “He would say, ‘You’re my inspiration,‘” she recalls. She would be punished like a little girl, often sent to bed hungry.

He’d scream at her so violently, she says, that she eventually became mute: “The last year of my marriage I didn’t talk at all. Because if I said anything he’d yell at me, so why say anything. I was a scared little girl from Spanish Harlem living in this mansion with five servants, not knowing what to do with any of it. I cried every night I was married.”

Finally in 1972 she escaped after a visit from her worried mother.

Spector had a glass coffin

installed in the basement of his home. He showed Ronnie’s mother, telling her it’s where Ronnie will lie if she ever tries to leave him. Ronnie and her mother plotted her escape.

Spector

had two dogs at the front gates and a dog by the car. They asked his permission to go on a walk and left. He often hid her shoes so she left barefoot.

The Ronettes backstage at the Brooklyn F…

The Ronettes

backstage at the Brooklyn Fox Theatre in 1964.  

Ronnie Spector photographed by David Gahr in N…

Ronnie Spector photographed by David Gahr in New York City, March 1977.