Category: The Ronettes

twixnmix: The Ronettes photographed by Tony G…

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The Ronettes photographed by Tony Gale, 1965.

On this day in music history: August 13, 1963 …

On this day in music history: August 13, 1963 – “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes is released. Written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, it is the sixth single release and biggest hit for the pop vocal group from New York City. Raised in Spanish Harlem, sisters Veronica “Ronnie”, Estelle Bennett and their cousin Nedra Talley begin singing together, as kids. Inspired by Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, the girls form their own group in 1957, also adding their cousins Ira, Elaine and Diane. The group perform at the Apollo Theater’s legendary amateur night singing “Why Do Fools Fall In Love”. When Ira is unable to sing, Ronnie steps in immediately and takes the lead, earning a favorable response from the notoriously tough audience. Ira, Elaine and Diane drop out of the group, leaving the other three to continue on their own. Calling themselves Ronnie & The Relatives, they begin performing at local parties and events around the city. In 1961, they meet Stu Phillips of Colpix Records, who sign them to a recording contract. They release several singles that fail to make any impact, but wind up becoming regular performers at the Peppermint Lounge. The club manager mistakes them for dancers, and puts them on stage behind Joey Dee & The Star Liters. Now re-named The Ronettes, they release a few more singles with Colpix before breaking ties with them. In early 1963, Estelle contacts producer and songwriter Phil Spector, and asks if the group can audition for him. Impressed, Spector signs them to his label Philles Records in March of 1963. Cutting several sides, they’re either shelved or released under their label mates The Crystals name. In July, they record a new song penned by Spector and the husband and wife songwriting team of Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. The song titled “Be My Baby” is recorded at Gold Star Studios on July 5, 1963, with Spector using members of the famed studio collective The Wrecking Crew. In spite of being credited to The Ronettes, Ronnie is the only member of the group on the single, with Estelle and Nedra’s places being taken by a group of backing vocalists including Darlene Love & The Blossoms, Ellie Greenwich, Nino Tempo, Sonny Bono and a then seventeen year old Cher. Released just over a month later, the record quickly becomes a smash, peaking at #2 on the Hot 100 on October 12, 1963, and #4 on the R&B chart on October 26, 1963. Widely regarded as one of the greatest pop records ever made, “Be My Baby” becomes one the songs that defines Phil Spector’s signature “Wall Of Sound” production. The song is covered countless times over the years, including versions by Andy Kim, Shaun Cassidy, and Tommy Roe. In 1986, the chorus of “Be My Baby” is interpolated into Eddie Money’s hit “Take Me Home Tonight”, with Ronnie Spector herself singing the hook. “Be My Baby” is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999, and added to the National Recording Registry by the Library Of Congress in 2006.

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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…

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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 …

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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)  

On this day in music history: August 13, 1963 …

On this day in music history: August 13, 1963 – “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes is released. Written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, it is the sixth single release and biggest hit for the pop vocal group from New York City. Raised in Spanish Harlem, sisters Veronica “Ronnie”, Estelle Bennett and their cousin Nedra Talley begin singing together, as kids. Inspired by Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, the girls form their own group in 1957, also adding their cousins Ira, Elaine and Diane. The group perform at the Apollo Theater’s legendary amateur night singing “Why Do Fools Fall In Love”. When Ira is unable to sing, Ronnie steps in immediately and takes the lead, earning a favorable response from the notoriously tough audience. Ira, Elaine and Diane drop out of the group, leaving the other three to continue on their own. Calling themselves Ronnie & The Relatives, they begin performing at local parties and events around the city. In 1961, they meet Stu Phillips of Colpix Records, who sign them to a recording contract. They release several singles that fail to make any impact, but wind up becoming regular performers at the Peppermint Lounge. The club manager mistakes them for dancers, and puts them on stage behind Joey Dee & The Star Liters. Now re-named The Ronettes, they release a few more singles with Colpix before breaking ties with them. In early 1963, Estelle contacts producer and songwriter Phil Spector, and asks if the group can audition for him. Impressed, Spector signs them to his label Philles Records in March of 1963. Cutting several sides, they’re either shelved or released under their label mates The Crystals name. In July, they record a new song penned by Spector and the husband and wife songwriting team of Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. The song titled “Be My Baby” is recorded at Gold Star Studios on July 5, 1963, with Spector using members of the famed studio collective The Wrecking Crew. In spite of being credited to The Ronettes, Ronnie is the only member of the group on the single, with Estelle and Nedra’s places being taken by a group of backing vocalists including Darlene Love & The Blossoms, Ellie Greenwich, Nino Tempo, Sonny Bono and a then seventeen year old Cher. Released just over a month later, the record quickly becomes a smash, peaking at #2 on the Hot 100 on October 12, 1963, and #4 on the R&B chart on October 26, 1963. Widely regarded as one of the greatest pop records ever made, “Be My Baby” becomes one the songs that defines Phil Spector’s signature “Wall Of Sound” production. The song is covered countless times over the years, including versions by Andy Kim, Shaun Cassidy, and Tommy Roe. In 1986, the chorus of “Be My Baby” is interpolated into Eddie Money’s hit “Take Me Home Tonight”, with Ronnie Spector herself singing the hook. “Be My Baby” is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999, and added to the National Recording Registry by the Library Of Congress in 2006.

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!!