The sultry and shameless rock and roll singer of The Ronettes has died aged 78.
Spector had an incredible influence on countless rock bands and artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, who opened for her early in their careers, as well as great admiration from Madonna, Aretha Franklin and Amy Winehouse who have fashioned her beehive hairstyle after Spector’s iconic one. style.
The Ronettes’ classic 1963 hit, “Be My Baby,” changed the landscape of rock and roll and transformed the presence, look and feel of black women for decades to come.
Spector, who was African-American, Irish and Cherokee, grew up in New York’s Spanish Harlem and revolutionized the New York punk scene just as much as mainstream rockers who couldn’t get enough of her bad girl image and her sultry vocals on famed music producer, Phil Spector’s unique production style called “The Wall of Sound”, which delivered a larger-than-life sound that helped make Ronnie and the Ronettes musical icons. The Ronettes released a number of Top 40 hit songs after “Be My Baby”, including three 1964 songs “(The Best Part of) Breakin’ Up”, “Do I Love You?” and “Walking in the Rain”. The year 1965 ushered in the songs “Born to Be Together” and “Is
Is this what I get for loving you? which made the top 100 charts.
The Ronettes broke up in 1967 and Ronnie Spector married Phil Spector, enduring years of traumatic abuse from the producer, but went on to relaunch his music career in the early 1970s, with recordings with the Beatles, George Harrison and the reformation of the Ronettes in 1973. with new members (Chip Fields Hurd and Diane Linton).
Spector never really hit the big time like she did in the 1960s, but continued making music through the 2000s singing for punk band, The Misfits in 2004 and releasing albums. in 2006, 2016 and a single titled “Love Power” in 2017. as Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes.
The whole story is there and waiting to be explored, as this one-of-a-kind black music pioneer can be considered one of the most important rock musicians of all time. She was cool, funny and gave the rock world more gifts and inspiration than can be described. She will be deeply missed and never forgotten as a creative, a shining light in a male-dominated industry and a true survivor.