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Who was Ronnie Spector?

Veronica Greenfield (born Veronica Yvette Bennett; August 10, 1943 – January 12, 2022), known as Ronnie Spector, was an American singer who formed the girl group the Ronettes in 1957 with her elder sister Estelle Bennett and their cousin Nedra Talley.

Bennett fronted the group while record producer Phil Spector produced the majority of their recording output. The two were married in 1968 and separated in 1972.

Ronnie Spector, ’60s icon who sang ‘Be My Baby,’ dies at 78

Ronnie Spector Biography Wikipedia
Ronnie Spector

Ronnie Spector, the cat-eyed, bee-hived rock ‘n’ roll siren who sang such 1960s hits as “Be My Baby,” “Baby I Love You” and “Walking in the Rain” as the leader of the girl group The Ronettes, has died. She was 78.

Spector died Wednesday after a brief battle with cancer, her family said. “Ronnie lived her life with a twinkle in her eye, a spunky attitude, a wicked sense of humor, and a smile on her face. She was filled with love and gratitude,” a statement said. No other details were revealed.

Tributes flooded 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 very special person and a dear friend.” Diane Warren called her “The voice of a million teenage dreams including mine.”

The Ronettes’ sexy look and powerful voices — plus songwriting and producing help from Phil Spector — turned them into one of the premier acts of the girl-group era, touring England with The Rolling Stones and befriending the Beatles.

Spector, alongside her sister Estelle Bennett and cousin Nedra Talley, scored hits with pop masterpieces like “Baby, I Love You,” “Walking in the Rain,” “I Can Hear Music” and “Be My Baby,” which was co-written by Spector, Jeff Barry, and Ellie Greenwich.

“We weren’t afraid to be hot. That was our gimmick,” Spector said in her memoir. “When we saw The Shirelles walk on stage with their wide party dresses, we went in the opposite direction and squeezed our bodies into the tightest skirts we could find. Then we’d get out on stage and hike them up to show our legs even more.”

Ronnie Spector Biography, Wiki

Ronnie Spector was born and raised in Spanish Harlem. She formed the Ronettes while in her teens and released her first records in 1961 on the Colpix label.

The Ronettes were also professional singers and dancers at New York’s Peppermint Lounge. There they were discovered by legendary disc jockey “Murray the K” (Murray Kaufman), who promptly hired them as dancers for his Brooklyn Fox Theater rock and roll revues.

Beginning in 1963, Ronnie Spector—as the lead singer of the ultimate girl group, The Ronettes—recorded a long string of classic pop hits: powerful, poignant teen anthems like the Grammy Award-winning “Walking in the Rain,” “Do I Love You,” “Baby I Love You,” “The Best Part of Breaking Up,” “I Can Hear Music,” and the international Number One smash “Be My Baby.” These records are among the best-loved and most-emulated recordings in the history of rock and roll.

“There were girl group hits before the Ronettes,” wrote Canadian critic Carl Wilson in a 2003 feature for the Toronto Globe & Mail. “But Ronnie Spector was the first woman in rock to provoke anything like the hysteria that Elvis had caused, which was soon to engulf the Beatles.”

As the Number One pop group in England, Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes headlined over acts like the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton and The Yardbirds. The Beatles personally requested that the Ronettes join their final U.S. tour in August 1966; later that year, at Basin Street East, a talented young come­dian named Richard Pryor was the opening act for the Ronettes’ final live performance.

Ronnie Spector Biography Wikipedia
Ronnie Spector
Real NameRonnie Spector
Nick NameRonnie
Profession Dancer, Singer
EthnicityMixed
Marital StatusDivorced, Married
Husband NameJonathan Greenfield,     EX-Phil Spector, 
Physical Status 
Age78 Years when she died
Height (Approx.)In Feet inches – Not KnownIn Centimeters – Not KnownIn Meter – Not Known
Weight (Approx.)In kilograms – Not KnownIn Pounds – Not Known
Measurement (Approx.)Not Known
Eye ColourNot Known
Hair ColourNot Known
Personal Information
Date of Birth 10 August 1943
Birth PlaceManhattan, New York City, U.S.
Zodiac sign Libra
ReligionChristian
NationalityAmerican
School NamePrivate School
College NameGeorge Washington High School
QualificationsGraduate
Family Profile
Father NameLouis Spector
Mother NameBeatrice Bennett
Sibling Name Estelle Bennett, Cousin Nedra Talley
Career 
Source Of Income Acting
Appeared In Singer
Net Worth, SalaryNot Known

Ronnie Spector Career

Her career received a boost in the mid-1960s, when ‘The Ronettes’ signed a deal with Phil Spector and his record label, ‘Philles Records.’ Their first success came with the songs ‘Baby, I Love You’, ‘Be My Baby,’ and ‘The Best Part of Breaking Up.’ By 1965, their tracks ‘Is This What I Get for Loving You?’ and ‘Born to be Together’ were among the top 100 hits on the music charts.

Ronnie’s voice was ideally suited to Phil Spector’s ‘Wall of Sound’ effect that was in vogue at that time.In the latter half of the 1960s, the group toured all over Europe, where they performed with ‘The Beatles’ and ‘The Rolling Stones.’ They recorded a number of popular songs with ‘Philles Records,’ including their last song, ‘I Can Hear Music.’ The group eventually broke up in 1967, following a string of failures and a negative turn of events in Phil’s career.

By then, Ronnie had gained the reputation of being “the original bad girl of rock ‘n’ roll,” and she and her band members had created their own style with their short, black skirts and mascara. The group reunited in 2007 for the induction into the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.’After her band broke up, Ronnie went solo with the single ‘Try Some, Buy Some.’

She worked with George Harrison and John Lennon but failed to produce any major hits. In the mid-1970s, she briefly formed a new ‘The Ronettes’ with Chip Fields and Dian Linton. However, their music did not match up to the works of the original band.

During this period, she sang the duet ‘You Mean So Much to Me’ with ‘Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes,’ a band that was part of their debut album. She continued to make appearances with the band to keep up with mainstream music.

Ronnie recorded her first solo album, ‘Siren,’ in 1980. This paved her way to work with the punk-rock star Joey Ramone and his band. By 1986, she had regained her popularity and was featured on Eddie Money’s ‘Top 5 Hit’ list, with her song ‘Take Me Home Tonight,’ which became one of the top videos on ‘MTV’ that year.

She released her album ‘She Talks to Rainbows’ in 1999. It was produced and promoted by Joey Ramone. She also performed at the ‘BB King Blues Club & Grill’ in New York City. She also provided backing vocals for the album ‘Project 1950’ by the ‘Misfits.’

Her album ‘Last of the Rock Stars’ was released by ‘Bad Girl Sounds’ in 2006. This was followed by her Christmas EP that featured five new Christmas songs, in 2010. She also performed Amy Winehouse’s songs as a tribute, after Amy’s death, and for the benefit of the Daytop Village de-addiction centers.

In 2016, her album ‘English Heart,’ which was her version of the songs of bands such as ‘The Beatles,’ ‘The Rolling Stones,’ and the ‘Bee Gees,’ peaked at number six on the ‘Billboard Top Heatseekers’ chart. Lately, in August 2017, ‘People’ magazine featured her and ‘The Ronettes,’ with their new single, ‘Love Power,’ produced by Narada Michael Walden. Thus, her music career has traveled a full circle.

Ronnie Spector Personal Life

Ronnie married songwriter and record producer Phil Spector in 1968. The couple adopted three children, Donté, Louis, and Gary Phillip. Spector had earlier launched Ronnie’s music career.

Ronnie Spector with husband Phil Spector
Ronnie Spector with husband Phil Spector

However, Ronnie accused him of imprisoning her in their California mansion and tormenting her psychologically. During this period, she took refuge in drugs and even attempted suicide. Ultimately, she escaped from the mansion in 1972, with the help of her mother, and filed for divorce in 1974.

Ronnie later married Jonathan Greenfield, in 1982. They have two sons, Austin Drew and Jason Charles. The couple lives in Danbury, Connecticut.

Ronnie Spector FAQ’s

Who was Ronnie Spector?

Veronica Greenfield (born Veronica Yvette Bennett; August 10, 1943 – January 12, 2022), known as Ronnie Spector, was an American singer who formed the girl group the Ronettes in 1957 with her elder sister Estelle Bennett and their cousin Nedra Talley.

How did Ronnie Spector die?

Spector died Wednesday after a brief battle with cancer, her family said. “Ronnie lived her life with a twinkle in her eye, a spunky attitude, a wicked sense of humor, and a smile on her face. She was filled with love and gratitude,” a statement said. No other details were revealed.

How old was Ronnie Spector?

Ronnie Spector died at 78.

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