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Veronica Yvette Bennett (born August 10, 1943), better known by her stage name Ronnie Spector, is an American rock and roll singer. Spector was the lead singer of the rock/pop vocal girl group the Ronettes, which had a string of hits during the early to mid–1960s. She has sung and collaborated with multiple other acts. Spector is called the original "bad girl of rock and roll".[1][2]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 The Ronettes 2.2 Solo career 2.3 Later career

3 Personal life 4 Discography

4.1 The Ronettes 4.2 Solo

5 Bibliography 6 References 7 Further reading 8 External links

Early life[edit] Spector was born Veronica Yvette Bennett in New York City, the daughter of an African-American/ Cherokee
Cherokee
mother and Irish-American father. She and her sister, Estelle Bennett
Estelle Bennett
(1941–2009), were encouraged to sing by their large family, as was their cousin, Nedra Talley. All three women later became members of the Darling Sisters, later known as the Ronettes.[3] Career[edit] The Ronettes[edit] Main article: The Ronettes

The Ronettes, 1966.

The Ronettes
The Ronettes
were a popular live attraction around the greater New York area in the early 1960s. Looking for a recording contract, they initially were signed to Colpix Records and produced by Stu Phillips. After releasing a few singles on Colpix without success, they were signed by Phil Spector
Phil Spector
to Philles Records. Their relationship with Spector brought chart success with "Be My Baby", "Baby, I Love You", "The Best Part of Breakin' Up", "Do I Love You?", and "Walking in the Rain". The group had two top 100 hits in 1965: "Born to Be Together" and "Is This What I Get for Loving You?" The group broke up in early 1967, following a European concert tour that included their appearance at the Moonlight Lounge, in Gelnhausen, Germany, where they entertained American military personnel. The Ronettes
The Ronettes
were never to reunite until their 2007 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The group's last single, "I Can Hear Music", on the Philles Records label (# 133), was released in the fall of 1966. Instead of recording on the West coast, Ronnie and her group returned to New York City, their hometown to record "I Can Hear Music" with producer Jeff Barry. Phil Spector
Phil Spector
kept many of the group's unreleased songs in the vault for years. Ronnie's very last recording of the 1960s "You Came, You Saw, You Conquered," was credited as " The Ronettes
The Ronettes
Featuring the Voice of Veronica," appeared in 1969 on Herb Alpert's A&M Records label, with "Oh I Love You", an old Ronettes
Ronettes
B-side, as the flip. Only Ronnie's voice was used for the lead and background vocals on "You Came, You Saw, You Conquered". Ronnie's recording and performing career had begun its long hiatus. Solo career[edit] In February 1971, during Phil Spector's tenure as head of A&R at Apple Records, Spector recorded the single "Try Some, Buy Some/Tandoori Chicken" at Abbey Road Studios, released as Apple 33 in the UK and Apple 1832 in the US.[4][5] The A-side was written by George Harrison, and produced by both him and Spector. Although the single was not a big hit, its backing track was used two years later for Harrison's own version of the song, on his chart-topping Living in the Material World album.[6] "Try Some, Buy Some" had another lasting influence when John Lennon
John Lennon
recorded "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" later the same year and asked Spector (co-producing again) to reproduce the mandolin-laden Wall of Sound
Wall of Sound
he had created for Spector's single. Lennon liked the rockabilly B-side too; he sang it at his birthday party in New York in October 1971 (a recording of which has appeared on bootlegs).[7] Spector recorded other Harrison songs during those London sessions − including "You" and "When Every Song Is Sung" − but her versions were never released, even though a full album had been planned originally.[8] In the early to mid-1970s, Spector briefly reformed the Ronettes
Ronettes
(as Ronnie Spector
Ronnie Spector
and the Ronettes) with two new members (Chip Fields Hurd, the mother of actress Kim Fields, and Diane Linton). In her book, Spector recounted several abortive attempts to recapture mainstream success throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, during which time she was widely perceived as an oldies act.[citation needed] In 1976, Ronnie sang a duet with Southside Johnny
Southside Johnny
on the recording "You Mean So Much To Me", penned by Southside's longtime friend Bruce Springsteen and produced by Steven Van Zandt
Steven Van Zandt
of the E Street Band. This was the final track on the Southside Johnny
Southside Johnny
& the Asbury Jukes' debut album I Don't Want to Go Home. She also made appearances with the band the following year. Ronnie recorded her first solo album in 1980, produced by Genya Ravan, which was a prelude to her work with Joey Ramone
Joey Ramone
in the late 1990s. In 1983, Spector and the other Ronettes
Ronettes
sued Phil Spector
Phil Spector
for non-payment of royalties. They eventually won a $3 million judgement in 2003 and established the terms of the group's 1963 contract as binding.[citation needed] In 1986, Spector enjoyed a resurgence to popular radio airplay as the featured vocalist on Eddie Money's Top 5 hit, "Take Me Home Tonight", in which she answers Money's chorus lyric, "just like Ronnie sang", with, "be my little baby". The song's music video was one of the top videos of the year and in heavy rotation on MTV. During this period, she also recorded the song "Tonight You're Mine, Baby" (from the film Just One of the Guys).[9] In 1988, Spector began performing at the Ronnie Spector's Christmas Party, a seasonal staple at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City.[10][11][12] In 1999, she released the album, She Talks to Rainbows, which featured a few covers of older songs. Joey Ramone acted as producer and appeared on stage with her to promote the record. Later career[edit]

Spector, 2010.

In 2003, she provided backing vocals for The Misfits' album, Project 1950, on the songs "This Magic Moment" and "You Belong to Me."[citation needed] In 2004 Ronnie was recognized for her contribution to American popular music when she was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. In 2007, Spector and the Ronettes
Ronettes
were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.[citation needed] Spector provided guest vocals on the track "Ode to LA", on The Raveonettes' album Pretty in Black (2005). Spector's album, Last of the Rock Stars (2006), was released by Bad Girl Sounds and featured contributions from members of The Raconteurs, Nick Zinner
Nick Zinner
of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Raveonettes, Patti Smith, and Keith Richards. Spector herself co-produced two of the songs.[citation needed] A Christmas EP, Ronnie Spector's Best Christmas Ever, was released on Bad Girl Sounds in November 2010, featuring five new Christmas songs.[citation needed] In 2011, after the death of Amy Winehouse, Ronnie Spector
Ronnie Spector
released her version of Winehouse's single "Back to Black" (2006) as a tribute and for the benefit of the Daytop Village
Daytop Village
addiction treatment centers.[13] She has also performed this song as part of her live act, including during her UK tour in 2015. In 2016, she released, through 429 Records, English Heart, her first album of new material in a decade.[14] The album features her versions of songs of the British Invasion by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, Bee Gees, and others produced by Scott Jacoby.[15] English Heart peaked at #6 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart.[16] On August 9, 2017, People Magazine
People Magazine
premiered a new single Love Power produced by Narada Michael Walden by Ronnie Spector
Ronnie Spector
and The Ronettes, making it the first Ronettes
Ronettes
single in decades.[17] The song was released August 18, 2017. Personal life[edit] Ronnie Spector
Ronnie Spector
was married to Phil Spector
Phil Spector
from 1968 to 1974[18] and took his name professionally. They adopted three children: Donté, Louis, and Gary Phillip. Spector kept her imprisoned in their California mansion and subjected her to years of psychological torment. As she details in her 1990 memoir, Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts And Madness, she escaped barefoot with the help of her mother in 1972.[19] Ronnie Spector
Ronnie Spector
lives in the area of Danbury, Connecticut[20] with her second husband, Jonathan Greenfield (whom she married in 1982),[21] and their two sons, Austin Drew and Jason Charles. Discography[edit] The Ronettes[edit]

The Ronettes
The Ronettes
Featuring Veronica, 1961 Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes
Ronettes
Featuring Veronica, 1965 The Ronettes
The Ronettes
Greatest Hits – Volume 1, 1981 The Ronettes
The Ronettes
Greatest Hits – Volume 2, 1981 The Best of The Ronettes, 1992

Solo[edit]

Siren, 1980 Unfinished Business, 1987 She Talks to Rainbows EP, 1999 Something's Gonna Happen, 2003 Last of the Rock Stars, 2006 English Heart, 2016

Bibliography[edit]

Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirsts, and Madness, Or, My Life as a Fabulous Ronette, 1990

References[edit]

^ Donovan, Patrick (April 12, 2006). "The Last of the Rock Stars". TheAge. Australia.  ^ " The Ronettes
The Ronettes
– Inductees". The Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundation. 2004. Archived from the original on March 20, 2007.  ^ Sisario, Ben (February 16, 2009). "A Life of Troubles Followed a Singer's Burst of Fame". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-04-11.  ^ Castleman, Harry & Podrazik, Walter J. (1976). All Together Now: The First Complete Beatles Discography 1961–1975. New York, NY: Ballantine Books. p. 100. CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link) ^ Badham, Keith (2002). The Beatles
The Beatles
Diary Volume 2: After the Break-Up 1970–2001. London: Omnibus Press. pp. 25–26.  ^ Leng, Simon (2006). While My Guitar Gently Weeps: The Music of George Harrison. Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard. pp. 133–34.  ^ Badham, Keith (2002). The Beatles
The Beatles
Diary Volume 2: After the Break-Up 1970–2001. London: Omnibus Press. p. 51.  ^ Harrison, George Harrison
George Harrison
(2002). I Me Mine. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books. pp. 218, 228.  ^ " Ronnie Spector
Ronnie Spector
interview: 'The more Phil tried to destroy me, the stronger I got'". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-08-06.  ^ Reed, James (December 23, 2008). "Still rockin' around". Boston.com.  ^ "RONNIE SPECTOR'S BEST CHRISTMAS PARTY EVER!". B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. New York. 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2014.  ^ "Events: Ronnie Spector". NorthJersey.com. 2013. Archived from the original on May 28, 2014. Retrieved May 28, 2014.  ^ "Exclusive: Ronnie Spector
Ronnie Spector
Pays Tribute to Amy Winehouse". Rolling Stone. July 27, 2011.  ^ "Songs We Love: Ronnie Spector, 'I'd Much Rather Be With The Girls'". NPR. April 4, 2016.  ^ " Ronnie Spector
Ronnie Spector
on Keith Richards, David Bowie and Life After Phil". Rolling Stone. April 14, 2016.  ^ " Ronnie Spector
Ronnie Spector
- English Heart". AllMusic. April 14, 2016.  ^ "FIRST LISTEN: Rock Queen Ronnie Spector
Ronnie Spector
Releases 'Love Power,' Her First Song in Decades with the Ronettes". People. Aug 9, 2017.  ^ " Ronnie Spector
Ronnie Spector
- Singer - Biography". Biography.com. Retrieved August 27, 2015.  ^ "Entertainment". MSN Entertainment. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. May 6, 2010. p. 7. Archived from the original on May 29, 2014.  ^ Tuccio, M.B. (May 15, 2012). "'Beyond the Beehive' tells Ronnie Spector's life story". Connecticut Post.  ^ Sisario, Ben (February 16, 2009). "A Life of Troubles Followed a Singer's Burst of Fame". The New York Times. 

Further reading[edit]

Gensler, Andy (December 21, 2010). "Asked & Answered: Ronnie Spector". The New York Times. 

External links[edit]

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Official website

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The Ronettes

Veronica Bennett Estelle Bennett Nedra Talley

Albums

Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes
Ronettes
Featuring Veronica

Singles

"Silhouettes" "Be My Baby" "Baby, I Love You" "(The Best Part of) Breakin' Up" "Walking in the Rain" "Is This What I Get For Loving You?" "I Can Hear Music"

Songs

"Frosty the Snowman" "Sleigh Ride" "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" "So Young" "What'd I Say" "Chapel of Love"

Related topics

Discography Phil Spector A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector "Why Don't They Let Us Fall in Love"

Book:The Ronettes

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Apple Corps

Apple Records
Apple Records
discography Apple Boutique Apple Corps
Apple Corps
v Apple Computer Apple to the Core Neil Aspinall Jeff Jones Allen Klein The Longest Cocktail Party Magic Alex Pete Shotton Derek Taylor You Never Give Me Your Money

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Phil Spector

Productions

Albums

Twist Uptown He's A Rebel A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes
Ronettes
Featuring Veronica Just Once in My Life River Deep - Mountain High Let It Be All Things Must Pass John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band The Concert for Bangladesh Imagine Living in the Material World Some Time in New York City Rock 'n' Roll Born To Be With You Death of a Ladies' Man End of the Century Season of Glass Silence Is Easy

Singles

"Corrine, Corrina" "Pretty Little Angel Eyes" " Talk
Talk
to Me" "Under the Moon of Love" "There's No Other (Like My Baby)" "Uptown" "He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss)" "He's a Rebel" "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" "He's Sure the Boy I Love" "Why Do Lovers Break Each Other's Heart" "(Let's Dance) The Screw" "Da Doo Ron Ron" "Then He Kissed Me" "Be My Baby" "Baby, I Love You" "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" "(The Best Part of) Breakin' Up" "Do I Love You?" "Walking in the Rain" "Ringo, I Love You" "Why Don't They Let Us Fall in Love" "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin" "Just Once in My Life" "Is This What I Get for Loving You?" "Hung Up on You/Unchained Melody" "Ebb Tide" "River Deep - Mountain High" "A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Everyday)" "Proud Mary" "You Came, You Saw, You Conquered!" "Black Pearl" "Instant Karma (We All Shine On)" "The Long and Winding Road" "My Sweet Lord" "What Is Life" "Power to the People" "Mother" "Try Some, Buy Some" "Bangla-Desh" "Imagine" "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" "A Woman's Story" "Born to Be with You" "Baby, Let's Stick Together" "Rock 'n' Roll High School" "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?" "Silence Is Easy"

Compilations

Menlove Ave. Back to Mono (1958-1969)

Other songs

"To Know Him is to Love Him" "Don't You Worry My Little Pet" "Chapel of Love" "I Can Hear Music" "Little by Little" "Spanish Harlem" "This Could Be the Night"

Associates

The Beatles
The Beatles
(John Lennon George Harrison) Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans Leonard Cohen The Crystals Sonny Charles
Sonny Charles
and the Checkmates, Ltd. Dion DiMucci Larry Levine Jack Nitzsche Yoko Ono Ramones The Righteous Brothers Ronnie Spector The Ronettes The Teddy Bears Ike and Tina Turner The Wrecking Crew

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International Recording studio as musical instrument Warner-Spector Records Easy Rider Let It Be... Naked Tearing Down the Wall of Sound Murder of Lana Clarkson Phil Spector

Category

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