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Ronnie Spector Biography – Ronnie Spector Wiki
Ronnie Spector (born Veronica Yvette Bennett) was the lead singer of the girl group The Ronettes, which also featured her older sister Estelle Bennett and their cousin Nedra Talley. The Ronettes recorded a long string of classic pop hits such as 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.”
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.
In 1970, Ronnie sang on Jimi Hendrix’s recording of“Earth Blues”. In 1971, Ronnie Spector released her Apple Records debut single, “Try Some, Buy Some”—written and produced by George Harrison, with a backing band that included George, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr.
In 1976, Billy Joel wrote “Say Goodbye to Hollywood” as a tribute to Ronnie. The next year, she recorded the song with backing by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and it was issued as a single on Epic Records.
In 1986, Ronnie’s duet with Eddie Money—“Take Me Home Tonight”—reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and hung on the chart for 26 weeks. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award and became a heavy rotation video on MTV.
In 1989, Ronnie took time off to write the story of her remarkable life and great music. Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness (Crown, 1990) was an international bestseller; a revised and updated mass-market paperback was published in June 2004.
In 1999, Ronnie released the critically acclaimed EP She Talks to Rainbows on the cutting-edge indie label Kill Rock Stars. Highlights included Johnny Thunders’ “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory,” and a duet with EP producer Joey Ramone on his own composition “Bye Bye Baby.” Also in 1999, “Be My Baby” was added to The Grammy Hall of Fame.
In 2004, Ronnie was recognized for her contribution to American popular music when she was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall Of Fame. In 2006, “Be My Baby” was added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, preserved as a work of historical and cultural significance.
Ronnie’s CD, The Last of the Rock Stars, released 2009, marked the first time she was ever in full control of her material, arrangements, and production. The supporting cast includes Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), members of The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, Patti Smith, and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones.
Her latest holiday CD, Ronnie Spector’s Best Christmas Ever, released 2010 complements her classic Christmas songs “Sleigh Ride,” “Frosty The Snowman,” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” “Sleigh Ride” (#3) and “Frosty The Snowman” (#17) are among ASCAP’s Top 20 most–played holiday radio hits of the past decade.
In November of 2015, Sony Music released The Very Best of Ronnie Spector, the first cross–label collection of her career. This nineteen–track CD includes hits by the Ronettes and by Ronnie as a solo artist including “So Young” (as Veronica), “Say Goodbye To Hollywood” (with the E Street Band), and “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory” (from Last of the Rock Stars).
During the 2019 Holiday season, Ronnie Spector released a new Christmas single with Elle King, ‘Under the Mistletoe,’ which was exclusively premiered by People Magazine, covered by Billboard, embraced by critics and fans alike, and featured on multiple Spotify playlists.
Ronnie Spector Age
She was born Veronica Yvette Bennett on August 10, 1943, in Washington Heights, Manhattan, New York City. She died on January 12, 2022. She was 78 years old.
Ronnie Spector Husband
Was Ronnie Spector married? She was married twice. Ronnie and record producer Phil Spector married in 1968 and separated in 1972. The couple divorced in 1974. Spector abused her, and forbade her from performing. Ronnie Spector chronicled the abuse in her 1990 memoir, Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness. In 1982, Spector married her manager Jonathan Greenfield. Phil Spector was sent to prison in 2009 for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson and died in 2021.
Ronnie Spector Children
Ronnie Spector and her second husband Jonathan Greenfield had two sons, Austin Drew Greenfield and Jason Charles Greenfield. She and her first husband Phil Spector had three adopted children. Their son Donte Phillip Spector was adopted in 1969. In 1971, Phil surprised her for Christmas with adopted twins, Louis Phillip Spector and Gary Phillip Spector.
Ronnie Spector Family
She is survived by her second husband and manager, Jonathan Greenfield, and two sons, Austin Drew Greenfield and Jason Charles Greenfield.
Ronnie Spector Parents
She was the daughter of Beatrice Bennett and Louis Bennett. Her mother was an African-American-Cherokee and her father an Irish–American.
Ronnie Spector Death
Singer Ronnie Spector died on January 12, 2022, at the age of 78 after a brief battle with cancer, according to a statement from her family. The family issued the following statement on the Passing of Ronnie Spector: “Our beloved earth angel, Ronnie, peacefully left this world today after a brief battle with cancer. She was with family and in the arms of her husband, Jonathan.
“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. Her joyful sound, playful nature and magical presence will live on in all who knew, heard or saw her.
“In lieu of flowers, Ronnie requested that donations be made to your local women’s shelter or to the American Indian College Fund. A celebration of Ronnie’s life and music will be announced in the future. The family respectfully asks for privacy at this time.”
Ronnie Spector Cause of Death
Ronnie Spector’s cause of death was cancer.
Ronnie Spector Cancer
She died after a brief battle with cancer, her family said in a statement. The type of cancer she had was not revealed.
Ronnie Spector Height
She was 5 feet 1 ½ inches (1.56 m) tall.
Ronnie Spector Net Worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Ronnie Spector had an estimated net worth of $5 million.
Ronnie Spector Nationality
She was of American nationality.
Ronnie Spector Ethnicity
Ronnie Spector was of mixed ethnicity. She was born to an African-American-Cherokee mother and Irish–American father. Spector and her bandmates were multiracial, according to The Associated Press.